Blog o’ Blogs May 2015

May 2015, Volume 5, Number 5





We first analyze the collapse of the Comcast/Time Warner merger, then update the debate about the competitive effects of mutual fund cross-ownership as well as the Google and eCommerce inquiries. We ask if robots can violate antitrust laws, and follow with looks at car sales and drug price spikes.




The Role of Economic Analysis in the Comcast Time Warner Cable Merger

There is much fodder in this case including the analysis of two-sided platforms, monopoly bottlenecks, bargaining theory, vertical restraints, and the use of natural experiments to test hypotheses.

David S. Evans (Global Economics Group, Univ. of Chicago)





The Death of the Comcast Deal

The future was clear to see in Comcast’s prior conduct—it was already using what power it had to weaken its competitors. 

Tim Wu (The New Yorker)




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Are we kidding ourselves on competition?

Are wealthy shareholders likely to exercise market power and harm consumers overall? 

Joshua Gans (Digitopoly)




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More on mutual funds and antitrust

We don’t oppose all mutual funds, just those that cartelize industries.

Eric Posner (Financial Regulation)




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How Passive Funds Prevent Competition

Last week, Nelson Peltz’s hedge fund Trian lost a proxy fight at DuPont. Pay attention to the dog that didn’t bark.

Martin Schmalz (Financial Regulation)




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