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Recent Developments at the CMA: 2019–2020

Authors
  • Havell, Richard1, 2
  • Jenkins, Chris1, 2
  • Rutt, James1, 2
  • Scanlon, Elliott1, 2
  • Tregear, Paul1, 2
  • Walker, Mike1, 2
  • 1 Competition and Markets Authority, Cabot Square, London, E14 4QZ UK
  • 2 Lochrin Square, Edinburgh, EH3 9QA UK
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of Industrial Organization
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Oct 06, 2020
Pages
1–29
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-020-09790-y
PMID: 33041502
PMCID: PMC7538273
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
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Abstract

We discuss three important cases that the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has completed over the past year: First, the coronavirus pandemic has had implications for a wide range of the CMA’s work; we describe the work on price gouging conducted by the CMA’s Covid-19 taskforce and respond to the argument that competition authorities should not be concerned about such behaviour. Second, a number of high-profile studies have considered the appropriate application of competition policy in digital industries. The second two cases—the Online Platforms and Digital Advertising market study, and the Google/Looker merger—show the work the CMA has continued to do in this area.

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