Federico Etro, Emanuele Tarantino, 15 November 2010

Europe is discussing how to regulate standardisation agreements in high-tech sectors. This column warns of a dangerous bias against early licensing agreements and proprietary technologies that would be detrimental to innovation and to the optimal selection of standards.

Sebastian Engelhardt, Andreas Freytag, Stephen Maurer, 29 October 2010

Governments are increasingly interested in promoting open source software. Yet policymakers have seldom laid out any clear theoretical or empirical justification for these policies. This column explores recent studies suggesting that open source and proprietary software strengthen each other and should co-exist – too much open source could actually be a bad thing.

David Harbord, Steffen Hoernig, 28 September 2010

The European Commission recently authorised the merger between Orange and T-Mobile, which will create a single network with 37% of all UK mobile subscribers. While the merger's approval is subject to certain undertakings, this column presents evidence that these do not go far enough to address concerns that competition and consumer surplus will be significantly reduced.

Ari Hyytinen, Frode Steen, Otto Toivanen, 05 May 2010

Should cartels be regulated? This column outlines a new economic toolkit that models the creation of cartels and compares these predictions with real-life observations. Focusing on forty years of postwar data from Finland, this column finds that once cartels are formed, they are long-lasting. If unregulated the amount of cartels will only increase.

Federico Etro, 29 April 2010

Is another IT giant abusing its market position? This column describes the case of IBM – a near-monopolist in the mainframe market – being accused of preventing firm entry by tying its mainframe operating system with its hardware and withholding information for interoperability. The similarities with the Microsoft case suggest that the European Commission’s Director-General for Competition will not go easy.

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The Economics Interest Section of the European Union Studies Association (EUSA) and the Globalization & Monetary Policy Institute of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas are pleased to announce an economics workshop on European Integration. The meeting will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas on 18-19th March, 2010 linked to a one-day public conference that the Institute is organising on 17 March on 10 years of the euro.
Papers on any aspect of European economic integration are welcome, as well as papers that place European integration in the context of the ongoing globalization of trade and capital flows. Abstracts are to be sent to both Patrick Crowley at [email protected] and David Mayes at [email protected] by January 10th, 2010. Please indicate whether you would also be willing to serve as a chair and/or discussant.

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The MSc in Competition and Market Regulation provides participants with a rigorous training in competition policy and regulatory issues. A full understanding of how markets work and how they are regulated will be acquired through an in-depth analysis of the functioning of legal and economic institutions and an empirical preparation. Competition policy cases and regulation policy in specific sectors, such as telecommunications, energy, transportation and financial markets will be covered. For more information, please visit www.barcelonagse.eu/MCR.html

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