The Theory of Market Leaders, Antitrust Policy and the Microsoft Case
The New Economy, characterized by dynamic, global and innovative markets, requires a new way to approach many economic issues and also a new way to approach policymaking. This work will analyse a new approach toward competition policy based on recent progress in the theory of market leaders and discuss its implications with special reference to the markets in the New Economy, whose distinctive features, namely high fixed costs of R&D, less relevand marginal costs of production and network e?ects, require a di?erent approach from traditional markets. Close attention will be given to the software market, whose market leader has been (and still is) the subject of the attention of antitrust authorities around the world.The work is organized as follows. In Section1 I will present a brief overview of antitrust policy in US and EU and I will try to motivate the need for a new approach to competition policy, especially for the markets in the New Economy. Section 2 will survey traditional approaches to competition policy, while Section 3 will present the innovations associated with the theory of market leaders. Section 4 will apply the new approach to general issues of abuse of dominance with particular reference to the software market and to the Microsoft case. Section 5 will deal with bundling issues again with reference to the software market. Sections 6 will move to competition for the markets and to interoperability issues which are crucial for the dynamic markets of the New Economy. Section 7 concludes, while the Appendix contains some more technical results on the behaviour of market leaders.
|Date of creation:||Oct 2006|
|Date of revision:||Oct 2006|
|Contact details of provider:|| Postal: Piazza Ateneo Nuovo, 1 Milano 20126|
Phone: +39 02 6448 3089
Fax: +39 02 6448 3085
Web page: http://dems.unimib.it
More information through EDIRC
When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mib:wpaper:99. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.
For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Matteo Pelagatti)
If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.
If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.
If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.
If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.
Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.