Is Antitrust in Need of Disruption: What Is Disruptive Innovation and What, if Anything, Does Competition Policy Need To Do to React to It?

Italian Antitrust Review

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Title Is Antitrust in Need of Disruption: What Is Disruptive Innovation and What, if Anything, Does Competition Policy Need To Do to React to It?
 
Creator Caffarra, Cristina
Latham, Oliver
 
Subject
disruptive innovation; merger policy; technological change; innovation

 
Description This article discusses the concept of disruptive innovation and its implications for competition policy. Given “disruption” is not a formal term of art in the economic literature we provide a working definition which focuses on those technologies which both have drastic implications for existing business models and leverage new technologies rather than building upon existing investments. We then discuss implications for antitrust policy of such innovations. First, we discuss the challenges facing policy makers when policing mergers between dominant firms and smaller players and the evidence that might be used to distinguish between transactions harnessing pro-competitive synergies and those involving anticompetitive purchase of “tomorrow’s disruptor”. Second, we discuss antitrust enforcement and explain why we think it is unnecessarily constrained by a desire to fit within existing paradigms based on tying and leveraging; and why some standard presumptions in conduct cases (e.g. that dominant firms must necessarily be operating “at scale” when applying tests for predation) need to be revisited when looking at disrupted industries.
 
Publisher Autorità Garante della Concorrenza e del Mercato / Italian Competition Authority
 
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Date 2018-08-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://iar.agcm.it/article/view/12877
10.12870/iar-12877
http://iar.agcm.it/article/download/12877/11654
 
Source Rivista Italiana di Antitrust / Italian Antitrust Review; Vol 5, No 1 (2018)
Rivista Italiana di Antitrust / Italian Antitrust Review; Vol 5, No 1 (2018)
2284-3272
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://iar.agcm.it/article/view/12877/11654
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2018 Rivista Italiana di Antitrust / Italian Antitrust Review
 

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