We’re starting the new year with controversy, debating Uber’s surge pricing. Then moving on to a hot FTC topic— trade associations; two looks back at 2014; a couple of questions regarding Apple’s pricing; and some thoughtful commentary on privacy, government conduct, choice, SEPs, and exclusive dealing.
Surge pricing and political ignorance Many types of public ignorance about economic and political issues have persisted for decades with no sign of abating, and this case might turn out the same way. Ilya Somin (Washington Post)
Unflattering Resemblance Recent FTC settlements involving trade association rules serve as a reminder that sometimes, a close family resemblance to bad kin can attract unwanted antitrust attention. Geoffrey Green (FTC’s Competition Matters)
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