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Policy Contribution

PC 05 2017

An economic review of the collaborative economy

This Policy Contribution tackles the definition and benefits of collaborative economy, as well as the distinction between professional and non-professional services, recommendations on safety and transparency for users, and the way to approach regulatory concerns.

By: Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 27, 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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Uber and the economic impact of sharing economy platforms

Consumers enjoy the cheaper taxi services provided by Uber, but the company has proven divisive among taxi drivers. Regulators should allow Uber to operate, but under stricter regulations, to ensure that consumers reap the benefits, and drivers operate on a level playing field.

By: Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 22, 2016
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Past Event

The Sharing/Collaborative Economy

The collaborative economy is transforming business and society, but what are the implications for traditional industries and the potential role of regulation?

Speakers: Guillermo Beltrà, Juliette Langlais, Adina Claici, Mark MacGann, Georgios Petropoulos, Karen E. Wilson, Fabienne Weibel and Thiébaut Weber Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Location: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels Date: February 10, 2016
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The rise of the sharing economy in Indonesia

The sharing economy allows individuals to access goods and services coordinated by online communities such as Uber and Airbnb. The emergence of sharing platforms in Indonesia is having an observable impact, but what are the technical hurdles faced by sharing economy firms?

By: Cassandra Liem Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 22, 2015
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Opinion

Mario Mariniello

Digital Single Market: setting the stage

The European Commission's just-released Digital Single Market strategy paper is good news. However, the paper does not spell out how the proposals will be implemented, and thus is of little help in forecasting what will happen next.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 8, 2015
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Uber Economics: There is no such thing as bad publicity

The following graph shows the individual index of Google searches for "Uber" and the index of searches for "Taxi", both in Germany. Uber is benefiting from the opposition of taxi drivers and attempts to suppress it.

By: Diogo Machado Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: October 29, 2014
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Sergiy Golovin

The economics of Uber

Uber, the innovative ridesharing service, has recently generated a lot of anger from the taxi industry because it enabled market entry for many private drivers. In this fight taxis are indeed disadvantaged by strict industry regulation and need for licenses. Dealing with this issue is a major task for regulators. Another challenge for regulators is to create efficient regulation that takes into account the features of “sharing” economy.

By: Sergiy Golovin Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: September 30, 2014
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Jérémie Cohen-Setton

Blogs review: The sharing economy hype

As sharing economy companies become valued in the billions, grand claims are being made for the future of these new providers. But the question remains open as to whether the success of these companies, which often relies on lower standard of regulatory oversight and taxes, are a net plus for the economy as a whole.

By: Jérémie Cohen-Setton Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: June 11, 2014