Should the government prohibit companies from favoring their products? However common this practice may sound, “self-preferencing” has recently become the source of concern from agencies around the world, including the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the European Commission. But self-preferencing often has pro-competitive and pro-innovative consequences that generate consumer benefits and foster innovation. The Schumpeter Project on Competition Policy has recently released a report on self-preferencing, concluding that proposed bans may do more harm than good.
Join ITIF for the tenth in a series of discussions on “dynamic antitrust,” in which Aurelien Portuese, ITIF’s director of antitrust and innovation policy, sits down with leading scholars and antitrust enforcers in Washington, Brussels, and elsewhere to discuss the path forward in making antitrust a foundation for innovation. Join us to discuss this report and the proposal of banning self-preferencing with Professor Herb Hovenkamp.