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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

The Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust and Regulation Tuesday 7th June 2016, from 9:30am - 2pm

UCL Jevons Institute & UCL Centre for Law, Economics & Society CPD course


The Digital Economy: Economics, Antitrust and Regulation

Tuesday 7th June 2016, from 9:30am - 2pm
at University College London

taught by: 
Professor David Evans (UCL / Chicago)
with Will Page (Chief Economist at Spotify at the 1-2pm session)

Book your tickets online at:
 Speaker: Professor David Evans (UCL / University of Chicago)

Accreditation: 3 CPD hours, plus 1 CPD hour for the 1-2pm session

About the course:
The digital economy has grown vast and now reaches almost every aspect of our lives. Whether consumer, business, or regulator we interact with Internet-based businesses constantly. It is also undergoing a massive transformation, with accompanying disruption, as the PC-web-browser centric ecosystem shifts to a mobile-app-centric ecosystem. That transformation has resulted in the “sharing economy,” the “gig-economy”, and the “app-economy” to use some of phrases that dominate today’s conversations.

This course will cover the unique business models followed by Internet-based companies; explore the changes in market structure that has taken place in the last few years as a result of the move to mobile; and consider some of the key competition policy and regulatory issues being debated today.

The course will consist of twelve short segments:

  1. overview;
  2. technological forces;
  3. economic forces;
  4. wires, towers, and physical stuff;
  5. software platforms, APIs, and apps;
  6. economics of free;
  7. ad-support platforms and attention markets;
  8. marketplaces and online retail;
  9. mobile OSs and app stores;
  10. gig and sharing platforms;
  11. privacy and data; and
  12. the great transition from PC/browser to mobile/app.  Each segment will include an application to competition and regulatory policy for the digital economy using examples from the US, EU, and China.

The course will draw extensively on examples of competition policy cases involving the digital economy from the US, EU, and China and these will be included in each segment.

Who should attend:
The course is mainly designed for professionals familiar with competition policy and sectoral regulation (lawyers, economists, and officials) but should also be informative for anyone who works for, invests in, must interact with digital economy businesses.

The course will run from 9:30-1:00pm.

At 1pm attendees are invited to stay for an hour long session in which Professor Evans will discuss his recent book, Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multisided Platforms which recently profile in The Economist, The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Following his presentation, Will Page Chief Economist at Spotify, will talk about some applications of the ideas in the course and the book to Spotify, which has revolutionized the distribution of music online.

There are no pre-requisites for attending this course.

Firms represented at the event are:
Brasil Empresta Ltd
Bristows LLP
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Colgate-Palmolive (UK) Ltd
Compass Lexecon
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP
Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
International Bar Association
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (Europe) LLP
Osborne Clark LLP
Oxera Consulting LLP
Pinsent Masons LLP
RBB Economics
Sidley Austin LLP
Transport Systems Catapult
University of Leeds

£200 standard fee
£125 UCL Alumni ticket
£50 Government employees and academics
£50 non-UCL students


If you have any queries about the course or would prefer to book offline, please contact Lisa Penfold at UCL Faculty of Laws

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Landed up almost a year late at this page. Would a document or a video of what was discussed at this seminar be available? I am a lawyer researching the antitrust aspects of the gig economy and am keen on understanding the topics this event touched upon. Thank you.

Posted by: Manasa Venkataraman | Apr 26, 2017 7:30:43 AM

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