Antitrust

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The US Antitrust Counter-Revolution

Plenty of recent research has highlighted a rise in concentration in the US economy, across different sectors. Economists are now wondering to what extent this is attributable to a shift in the antitrust enforcement philosophy. We review contributions to this debate.

By: Silvia Merler Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: July 31, 2017
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German Facebook probe links data protection and competition policy

On March 2, 2016, the German Federal Cartel Office opened an antitrust investigation into Facebook’s contract clauses on data use, in what appears to be the first antitrust case in Europe based on a breach of data protection rules. We discuss the link between data protection rules and competition policy, which is still underexplored.

By: Nuria Boot and Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 14, 2016
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Policy Contribution

Antitrust, regulatory capture and economic integration

The paper investigates the distortions that national competition authorities generate when they pursue non-competitive goals in favour of domestic firms, and discusses ways to address this negative policy development in a globalised world.

By: Mario Mariniello, Damien Neven and Jorge Padilla Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 22, 2015
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Past Event

The Google antitrust investigation and the case for internet platform regulation in Europe

Growth & Innovation

Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 15, 2015
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Working Paper

Antitrust risk in EU manufacturing: A sector-level ranking

Based on a dataset of manufacturing sectors from five major European economies (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) between 2000 and 2011, we identify a number of key sector-level features that, according to established economic research, have a positive impact on the likelihood of collusion. Each feature is proxied by an ‘Antitrust Risk […]

By: Mario Mariniello and Marco Antonielli Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 7, 2014
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Policy Brief

Commitments or prohibition? The EU antitrust dilemma

Commitments have a cost: commitments are voluntary and are unlikely to be subject to judicial review. This reduces the European Commission’s incentive to build a robust case. Because commitment decisions do not establish any legal precedent, they provide for little guidance on the interpretation of the law.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 31, 2014
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The EU antitrust dilemma: commitments or prohibition?

Bruegel fellow Mario Mariniello discusses his latest paper, "Commitments or prohibition? The EU antitrust dilemma." He analyses the different implications of settling a case in exchange for a commitment of the company under investigation as opposed to applying formal sanctions. Using the European Commission’s case against Google as an example, he calls for more transparency […]

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 31, 2014
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The year in antitrust and competition policy

To start 2014, Bruegel's Mario Mariniello shares his thoughts on antitrust and competition policy in the year just passed and the one ahead.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Energy & Climate, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 9, 2014
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Fines levied on banks in the Euribor antitrust case do not lessen the need for new regulation

Ex-post enforcement is good, but it is not enough. The best way to fight collusion is prevention, not punishment.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: November 7, 2013
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Opinion

Users could be losers in 'EU vs Google'

The debate misses a crucial point: the purpose of antitrust law is to protect consumers, not competitors. Google’s undue penalization of a particular vertical-search site matters only if the demotion of the site’s links harms end users.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: October 17, 2013
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Opinion

Euribor and the limits of antitrust

The European Commission is investigating a suspected banking industry cartel, one of the many consequences of the opening of the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor) and Euro Interbank Offered Rate (Euribor) Pandora's box.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: September 19, 2013
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Standard-setting abuse: the case for antitrust control

The issue: Standards reduce production costs and increase the value of products to consumers. Think about mobile phones: using the same technology allows anybody who owns a mobile phone to call or be called by any other mobile phone owner. The bigger the network, the better for consumers.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: June 4, 2013
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