Net neutrality: A simple goal with some difficult implementation ahead

Joshua Gans, 11 June 2014

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Net neutrality has a simple goal – to ensure that consumers face an undistorted choice in choosing where to devote their attention on the Internet. The rationale for that goal is to ensure a ‘level playing field’ for those who provide content, applications, or anything else via the Internet.

Topics: Competition policy, Industrial organisation, Microeconomic regulation
Tags: Federal Communications Commission, internet, market power, net neutrality, price discrimination, regulation, technology, US

Market power and the (non-)application of competition laws to trade policies

Bruce Blonigen, 28 April 2008

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The main premise of antitrust (or competition) laws is to proscribe practices that allow firms to limit competition in the marketplace. As is well known, limiting competition allows firms to raise prices above their marginal costs (something we call market power). Market power creates profits for firms, but the profits are more than offset by losses in consumer surplus.

Topics: International trade
Tags: anti-competitive effects, antidumping reforms, market power, trade policy

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