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Monday, October 11, 2010

What Was the Impact of the European Microsoft Decision on the Browser Market?

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

What Was the Impact of the European Microsoft Decision on the Browser Market?  According to the NY Times, "Six months into the process, the initiative appears to be having only a minor influence on consumers, prompting a renewed debate about the effectiveness of such antitrust remedies."  My colleague Bill Page, whose excellent book on antitrust and Microsoft tracked similar issues in the US, might suggest (at least I assume he would, it is 5:45am my time and I am not going to call him at home) that the outcome is not surprising because the legal system failed consumers by overrating government’s ability to influence outcomes in a dynamic market.



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