Date of Award
Andrea L. Stanton
Antitrust, Google, Information, Microsoft, Network effects, Technology
The information technology industry is one of the most rapidly growing yet concentrated markets existing today. Big Tech monopolies and their increasingly anticompetitive behavior posits risks for competition, technological innovation and consumer welfare. This ranges from price discrimination, limiting consumer choices to the unethical use of data. The particular nature of information technology, with its network effects and negligible marginal costs, incentivizes and facilitates predatory market practices making antitrust analysis in this industry extremely complex. Certain schools of antitrust thought are more sensitive (namely the post-Chicago school) to these implications than others, though antitrust application is still lacking in both the European Union and the United States. This thesis thoroughly analyzed the landmark Microsoft and Google antitrust cases to find that it is imperative to increase antitrust oversight globally and identified the specific technological elements that antitrust bodies need to pay attention to in order to improve their antitrust applications in the information technology industry.
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Rahman, Shamayeta, "Antitrust in Times of Information Technology: An Analysis of Big Tech Monopoly Cases" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1833.
Received from ProQuest