About the conference

This inaugural conference, co-organized by Competition Policy International (CPI) and Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), aims to generate an open and cutting-edge debate on competition law and economics in the tech industry.

The last decade has seen a growing thirst for innovation in many industries worldwide. Innovation certainly makes economies more dynamic and competitive, but it can pose challenges for legislative and regulatory bodies trying to keep pace with rapidly evolving businesses.

This conference will address key issues affecting the tech industry in the climate of constant changes. Measuring market concentration, the consumer welfare standard, competition on/via the internet, is monopoly power rising?, are some of the topics that will be discussed by leading antitrust academics, enforcers, and private practitioners.

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WELCOME REMARKS

Einer R. ELHAUGE, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge

INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Edward J. BLACK, President & CEO, CCIA, Washington DC

MEASURING MARKET CONCENTRATION

Bruce H. KOBAYASHI Director, Bureau of Economics, US FTC, Washington DC

Henri PIFFAUT, Adviser to the Deputy Director General for Mergers, European Commission, Brussels

Nancy ROSE, Professor of Applied Economics, MIT, Cambridge

Lawrence WHITE, Professor, NYU Stern Business School, New York

Moderator: Martin GAYNOR, Professor, Economics and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University’s H. John Heinz III College, Pittsburgh

THE CONSUMER WELFARE STANDARD

Rob ATKINSON, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Washington DC

Jonathan B. BAKER, Research Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law, Washington DC

Harry FIRST, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Diana MOSS, President, American Antitrust Institute, Washington DC

Moderator: Einer R. ELHAUGE, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School, Cambridge

COMPETITION ON/VIA THE INTERNET

Eliana GARCÉS, Principal, The Brattle Group, Washington DC

Andrei HAGIU, Associate Professor of Information Systems, Boston University Questrom School of Business

Michael MANDEL, Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute, Washington DC

Nikhil SHANBHAG, Director, Competition and Telecommunications Law, Facebook, San Francisco

Moderator: Greg IP, Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal, New York

IS MONOPOLY POWER RISING?

James BESSEN, Executive Director, Technology & Policy Research Initiative; Director and Founder, Research on Innovation, Boston University School of Law

Esteban ROSSI-HANSBERG, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Marc S. RYSMAN, Professor of Economics, Department of Economics Boston University

Hal VARIAN, Emeritus Professor of Business, Economics, and Information Management, University of California, Berkeley; Chief Economist, Google

Moderator: David S. EVANS, Chairman, Global Economics Group; Founder & CEO, CPI, Boston

IS MONOPOLY POWER RISING?

Joaquín ALMUNIA, Chairman, Centre for European Policy Studies CEPS; Former Commissioner for Competition, EC, Brussels

Bill BAER, Partner, Arnold & Porter; Former AAG, US DOJ, Washington DC

William E. KOVACIC, Director, The GWU Competition Law Center, Washington DC, Former Chairman, US FTC, Washington DC

Jon LEIBOWITZ, Partner, Davis Polk; Former Chairman, US FTC, Washington DC

Moderator: Susan A. CREIGHTON, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Director, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC

WRAP-UP & CLOSING REMARKS

David S. EVANS, Chairman, Global Economics Group; Founder & CEO, CPI, Boston

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CPI Talks

Edward J. Black

Marianela López-Galdos

Henri Piffaut

Rob Atkinson

Lawrence White

Eliana Garcés

Diana Moss

Michael Mandel

James Bessen

David Evans

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Marc Rysman

Joaquín Almunia

Bill Baer

William Kovacic

Jon Leibowitz

Testimonials

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Conference Videos

Welcome Remarks

Einer Elhauge, Professor at Harvard Law School, welcomes the over 200 attendees and opens the conference..

Introductory Remarks

Ed Black, CCIA’s President, gives an opening address to start the day with highlights of what's to come.

Measuring Market Concentration

Nancy Rose (MIT), Henri Piffaut (EC), Bruce Kobayashi (FTC), and Lawrence White (NYU Stern) participate in the panel on “Measuring market concentration.” The speakers delve into the various antitrust issues raised by growing concentration in different industries both in the US and Europe.

The Consumer Welfare Standard

Einer Elhauge (Harvard Law) discusses with Diana Moss (AAI), Rob Atkinson (ITIF), Jonathan Baker (American University), and Harry First (NYU Law) “the consumer welfare standard” and its current application in antitrust cases.

"Two-Sided Red Herrings" Keynote

Richard Schmalensee (MIT) examines the AmEx case, debunks the five red herrings that have been floated around multi-sided platforms, and comments on reactions following the landmark ruling.

Competition on/via the Internet

Greg Ip (The Wall Street Journal) moderates a discussion “Competition on/via the Internet.” Eliana Garces (The Brattle Group), Nikhil Shanbhag (Facebook), Michael Mandel (PPI), and Andrei Hagiu (BU), weigh in on the debate and highlight the various implications of competition when it comes to the internet and digital platforms.

Is Monopoly Power Rising?

David Evans (Global Economics Group) chairs the panel that focuses on the question “Is monopoly power rising?” Jonathan Baker (American University), James Bessen (BU), Esteban Rossi-Hansberg (Princeton University), Marc Rysman (BU), and Hal Varian (Google/Berkeley) offer their view on the most updated definition of monopoly, differences occuring at local and national levels, as well as other sectors we should be watching besides the tech industry.

Enforcers' Roundtable: What's Under the Radar?

Susan Creighton (Wilson Sonsini) moderates a discussion with Joaquin Almunia (CEPS), William Kovacic (GWU), Jon Leibowitz (Davis Polk), and Bill Baer (Arnold & Porter) on antitrust enforcement in a climate of constant changes and challenges.

Wrap-Up & Closing Remarks

David Evans addresses the audience with closing remarks and invites all to the 2019 edition of the conference.

Meet the Speakers

Joaquin Almunia

  • Chairman, Centre for European Policy Studies
  • Robert D. Atkinson

  • President, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation
  • Bill Baer

  • Acting Associate Attorney General, Department of Justice
  • Jonathan B. Baker

  • Research Professor of Law, Washington College of Law at the American University
  • James Bessen

  • Executive Director of the Technology & Policy Research Initiative, Boston University School of Law
  • Edward J. Black

  • President & CEO, CCIA
  • Susan A. Creighton

  • Partner, Antitrust practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati
  • Einer R. Elhauge

  • Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
  • David S. Evans

  • Chairman, Global Economics Group
  • Harry First

  • Professor of Law, New York University School of Law
  • Eliana Garcés

  • Principal, The Brattle Group
  • Martin Gaynor

  • Professor Of Economics And Public Policy, E.J. Barone University
  • Andrei Hagiu

  • Associate Professor, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

  • Greg Ip

  • Chief Economics Commentator, The Wall Street Journal
  • Bruce H. Kobayashi

  • Director, Bureau of Economics, US Federal Trade Commission
  • William E. Kovacic

  • Director, The GWU Competition Law Center
  • Jon Leibowitz

  • Partner, David Polk
  • Michael Mandel

  • Chief Economic Strategist, Progressive Policy Institute
  • Diana L. Moss

  • President, American Antitrust Institute
  • Henri Piffaut

  • Head of Unit, Directorate General for Competition, European Commission (Brussels)
  • Nancy L. Rose

  • Professor of Applied Economics and Department Head, MIT Economics Department
  • Esteban ROSSI-HANSBERG

  • Professor of Economics, Department of Economics and Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
  • Marc S. Rysman

  • Professor of Economics, Boston University
  • Richard L. Schmalensee

  • Former Director, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
  • Nikhil Shanbhag

  • Director, Competition and Regulatory Law at Facebook 
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    Hal R. Varian

  • Professor of Business, Economics, and Information Management, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lawrence J. White

  • Professor, NYU Stern Business School
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