Antitrust and the Dynamics of Competition in High-Tech Industries

Josh Wright —  18 October 2010

On Friday, I will be participating at an event at Technology Policy Institute, where I will be discussing the titular question along with Bob Crandall, Charles Jackson, Christopher Yoo, and Bruce Owen.  Discussants are Joe Farrell, Tim Brennan, Carl Shapiro and Michael Salinger.  As suggested below, my topic will be the recent antitrust enforcement actions against Intel (and the proposed FTC settlement).  Should be a fun event.

Here is the program:

Registration – 8:30, Program – 9:00
October 22, 2010
Polaris Suite
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington DC

Antitrust enforcement in technology industries is complex, in part because the sector is characterized by more or less continuous innovation.  The global nature of the sector, combined with oversight by multiple enforcement agencies, also presents its own unique issues for antitrust policy.  Given these complexities, how can antitrust policy be formulated to promote innovation in these dynamic sectors?

Please join the Technology Policy Institute for a half-day event on antitrust policy in the technology sector on October 22 at the Ronald Reagan Building.  The event is part of the TPI project “Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Information and Communications Technology: Antitrust and the Dynamics of Competition in ‘New Economy’ Industries.”  Academic experts will discuss their papers prepared for the project on such topics as recent enforcement actions, vertical integration, and antitrust implications for cloud computing.

8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast 

 

9:00 AM Panel 1: 

Thomas Lenard, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

Robert Crandall, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Brookings Institution and

Charles Jackson, Adjunct Professor of Electrical Engineering, George Washington University

Antitrust in High-Tech Industries: The Three Major Recent Monopolization Cases

Joshua Wright, Associate Professor of Law, George Mason University Law School

Does Antitrust Enforcement in High Tech Markets Benefit Consumers? Stock Price Evidence from FTC v. Intel

Discussants:

Timothy Brennan, Professor, Public Policy and Economics University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future

Joseph Farrell, Director, Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission

 

10:30 AM Panel 2: 

Scott Wallsten, Technology Policy Institute (moderator)

Bruce Owen, Director, Public Policy Program, Stanford University and Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research

Antitrust and Vertical Integration in “New Economy” Industries

Christopher Yoo, Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer and Information Science and Director, Center for Technology, Innovation, and Competition, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Cloud Computing:  Architectural and Policy Implications

Discussants:

Michael Salinger, Professor/Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar, Markets, Public Policy and Law, Boston University School of Management

Carl Shapiro, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Economics, U.S. Department of Justice

Questions should be directed to Ashley Creel at acreel@techpolicyinstitute.org.  Members of the press should contact Amy Smorodin at asmorodin@techpolicyinstitute.org.

Registration

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