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Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Digital Data, Platforms and the Usual [Antitrust] Suspects: Network Effects, Switching Costs, Essential Facility

Catherine Tucker, MIT has a short paper on Digital Data, Platforms and the Usual [Antitrust] Suspects: Network Effects, Switching Costs, Essential Facility. Recommended

ABSTRACT: This paper asks whether the large amounts of digital data that are typically observed on large technology platforms - such as Google, Facebook, Uber and Amazon - typically give rise to structural conditions that would lead to antitrust concerns. In particular, I evaluate whether digital data augments or decreases concerns with regard to network effects and switching costs. I also evaluate whether data should be thought of as an 'essential facility.'

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/antitrustprof_blog/2019/03/digital-data-platforms-and-the-usual-antitrust-suspects-network-effects-switching-costs-essential-fa.html

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