A recent majority staff report summarizing the findings of a yearlong House Antitrust Subcommittee investigation into competition in digital markets is filled with analytical errors that highlight larger problems with the report’s basic framing and policy conclusions.
February 26, 2018
In an op-ed for Law360, ITIF’s Daniel Castro and Alan McQuinn outline four ways incoming Chairman Joseph Simons can balance the FTC’s consumer protection duties while allowing innovation to proceed apace.
November 22, 2017
ITIF's Center for Data Innovation submitted comments to the European Commission in response to its recent impact assessment on “fairness in platform-to-business relations,” a study to investigate practices by online platforms—digital services that cater to two-sided markets—in their relations with other businesses.
November 12, 2017
Democrats have made “cracking down on corporate monopolies” a key part of their plan for shared prosperity. But much of the case for more vigorous antitrust enforcement falls apart on close inspection.
October 26, 2017
Many technology industries are characterized by relatively high levels of industry concentration, with one or a few firms holding significant market share. This has sparked alarm among some who assert that such concentration is anti-consumer and call for more aggressive antitrust enforcement. Yet antitrust scholars have shown that in many cases the concentration helps consumers and spurs economic growth.
June 12, 2017
Automating freight transportation can increase productivity and safety. Regulators should encourage technological advances by providing clearer standards.
April 24, 2017
ITIF recently filed comments on a bill being considered by the District of Columbia Council that would severely restrict a homeowner's ability to rent their unit out for a period of less than 30 days.
April 17, 2017
Commentators in the U.S. and Europe have been agitating for regulators to consider companies’ data holdings when they conduct antitrust analyses of proposed mergers or investigate possible anticompetitive conduct. But merely having data does not raise anticompetitive concerns, writes Joe Kennedy in Harvard Business Review.
March 6, 2017
Data-rich companies are not a threat to competition, but rather an important source of innovation, which policymakers should encourage, not limit.
March 2, 2017
A trade association representing privacy specialists estimates that businesses around the world will have to appoint at least 75,000 data protection officers to help them comply with the many complex requirements of the EU’s incoming General Data Protection Regulation. Filling these positions will be costly and difficult, and it will divert money away from investments that would create more productive jobs and benefit customers through lower prices and better product features—including privacy-enhancing ones—says Nick Wallace in City A.M.
November 10, 2016
Google today responded to concerns that EU antitrust regulators lodged in April about the company's businesses practices related to the Android mobile operating system. None of the concerns are valid, says Daniel Castro in Innovation Files.