The Economic Characteristics of Data Competition in China’s Digital Economy

By Vanessa Yanhua Zhang & John Jiong Gong – 

The importance of data in the digital era cannot be more emphasized. In this article, Zhang and Gong visit the issues pertaining to data ownership, property rights and allocation of value from data among stakeholders in the context of data competition in China’s digital economy. The two economists summarize seven main characteristics of data competition and present three recent cases of data competition in China. By analyzing how courts and regulators in China tend to treat data-related competition issues, the authors shed light on the direction of regulation and potential legislation over data competition in China.