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Competition and regulation in the digital economy

Descrizione del progetto

L’impatto dell’economia digitale su concorrenza e regolamentazione

Il ruolo dell’economia digitale nelle società moderne sta sempre più plasmando i settori e introducendo nuove dinamiche di mercato. Tuttavia, tali sviluppi mettono in discussione gli approcci convenzionali alla politica e alla regolamentazione della concorrenza. Il progetto DIGECON, finanziato dall’UE, svolgerà un’attività di ricerca innovativa volta ad aumentare la concorrenza tra ecosistemi che coinvolgono diversi prodotti e interlocutori. Inoltre, si concentrerà sulla concorrenza delle piattaforme e sulle ripercussioni della concorrenza e della cooperazione scaturite dalla rivoluzione digitale lungo le catene verticali della produzione e della distribuzione. In aggiunta, il progetto esaminerà come i dati sollevino interrogativi sull’interazione tra strategia aziendale e privacy dei consumatori.

Obiettivo

The digital economy is of growing importance for society, but its development challenges the traditional approaches to competition policy and regulation, based on a benchmark of perfect competition that regulatory authorities aim at approaching in the various relevant markets. Economies of scale and scope are more the rule than the exception, network effects and multi-sidedness are pervasive, information and data are shaping industries, the boundaries of the markets are becoming blurred, and industry dynamics are on a new scale. These features make the perfect competition benchmark and the focus on individual markets less relevant, calling for a new conceptual framework for the analysis of competition in the digital economy.
The proposed research aims at breaking new ground on four related fronts. First, competition in the digital economy is increasingly between ecosystems involving multiple products and, often, multiple actors. Second, platforms compete for consumer attention, raising questions about consumer behaviour and platforms’ ability to influence it. Third, the digital revolution has drastically affected the way firms compete and cooperate along the vertical chains of production and distribution. Finally, the role of data raises questions not only about the interplay between business strategy and consumer privacy, but also about how the quest for data can shape entry and competition in product markets.
On each theme, several avenues are proposed to enhance our understanding of how competition works in the digital era; the insights will shed light on desirable changes for competition policy and regulation – interpreted in a broad sense, including policies that affect the functioning of digital markets such as consumer or privacy protection policies.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

HORIZON-ERC - HORIZON ERC Grants

Istituzione ospitante

FONDATION JEAN JACQUES LAFFONT,TOULOUSE SCIENCES ECONOMIQUES
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 1 443 750,00
Indirizzo
5E ETAGE, 1 ESP DE L'UNIVERSITE
31080 Toulouse
Francia

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Regione
Occitanie Midi-Pyrénées Haute-Garonne
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Collegamenti
Costo totale
€ 1 943 750,00

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