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Knight Foundation Funds A New Initiative on the Economics of Digital Services: Providing a Foundation for Evidence-Based Decision-Making

The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) has secured a $350,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to provide a basis for evidence-based decisionmaking regarding the economics of digital services. The goal is to provide a better understanding of technology companies whose business models are predicated on access to user data. The resulting research should provide a stronger foundation for the proper scope of antitrust enforcement and regulatory intervention. The project is led by Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and CTIC’s founding director and Rakesh Vohra, George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss Professor of Economics and Engineering and founding co-director of the Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences. It explores two key areas: the first is the tendency of digital services companies to engage in new forms of vertical integration and the second is digital platforms’ greater reliance on algorithms and data.

 

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    The Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC) and Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences of the University of Pennsylvania are pleased to announce the nine exceptional projects that will receive grants as part of its new project on “The Economics of Digital Services,” a new initiative to promote research on digital platforms.
  • October 21, 2020
    In an online panel marking the launch of the Economics of Digital Services initiative, experts Maureen Ohlhausen, Howard Shelanski, and Liad Wagman, along with University of Pennsylvania Professors Christopher Yoo and Rakesh Vohra, offer perspectives on the type of research scholars and enforcement officials need to support good policymaking in the area of digital services.

    Speakers:

    Maureen Ohlhausen
    Section Chair - Antitrust & Competition Law, Baker Botts
    Former Acting Chairman, Federal Trade Commission


    Howard Shelanski
    Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
    Former Director of the Bureau of Economics, Federal Trade Commission


    Rakesh Vohra
    George A. Weiss and Lydia Bravo Weiss University Professor
    Co-Director of the Warren Center for Network & Data Sciences
    University of Pennsylvania


    Liad Wagman
    Professor of Economics, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology
    Senior Economic & Technology Advisor, Federal Trade Commission


    Christopher Yoo
    John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science
    Founding Director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition
    University of Pennsylvania
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