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Publications: Julie Carlson

October 27, 2022

Pandemic Puppies and Private Equity

The recent concerns antitrust enforcers have raised about private equity—that it creates market power, facilitates unfair methods of competition, and undermines the competitive viability of acquired firms—are largely unfounded.

October 24, 2022

What’s Past Is Prologue: Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision Blizzard Does Not Raise Foreclosure Concerns

Competition authorities in the United Kingdom fear Microsoft will keep Call of Duty off Sony PlayStations if it acquires the game’s publisher. But that’s not what happened when it bought the developer of Minecraft, and there’s no reason to believe this time will be different.

September 25, 2022

That NAICS Code Does Not Mean What You Think It Means

The Biden-Harris Economic Blueprint, released on September 9, perpetuates long-dispelled myths about industrial concentration.

August 2, 2022

Amazon’s Acquisition of One Medical Brings Needed Innovation to Primary Care

Amazon has combined three things that business strategists said could not be done—low costs, high quality, and customization. “Amazoning” health care that way would be a good thing.

July 29, 2022

The FTC’s Unfair Jab at Meta Is a Sharp Blow to the Nascent VR App Market

The FTC filed a complaint in federal district court seeking to block Meta’s acquisition of the virtual reality start-up, Within Unlimited. The complaint is seriously flawed, but if successful, its challenge to the acquisition could deliver a serious blow to the nascent VR app market.

July 26, 2022

Antitrust Populists Don’t Seem to Care About the Poor

Antitrust populists are crusading against the market advantages of large brick and mortar retailers, such as Walmart, and large online retailers like Amazon. But those advantages largely flow to consumers—particularly low-income ones.

June 27, 2022

The Meteoric Rise (and Fall) of Lina Khan

Lina Khan has championed a more aggressive, populist approach to antitrust enforcement, which would have posed real risks to innovation and economic growth. Yet, at her one-year anniversary as chair, the antitrust revival she promised appears to have fizzled.

June 17, 2022

Withdrawal of Antitrust Guidance on SEP Enforcement Is Nothing to Cheer About

By withdrawing the 2019 statement in its entirety, SEP-holders have only the guidance provided by the FTC’s prior enforcement actions—which is to say they have no guidance at all.

June 17, 2022

Everything Old Is New Again: The Misleading Narrative About Concentration and Inflation

Not only is more aggressive antitrust enforcement likely to be ineffective at combatting inflation, some economists have argued that it may even make inflation worse.

June 6, 2022

Why In-App Payments Make Sense, and the Open App Markets Act Does Not

The OAMA threatens the vibrancy of the app ecosystem. The Senate should not attempt to fix an app ecosystem that is not broken.

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