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Wed 16

March 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Break Up Big Tech? The Economics of Antitrust from Both Sides of the Question

R Street

• [Moderator] Brendan Bordelon, Tech Policy Reporter, Politico
• Wayne Brough, Policy Director for Technology & Innovation, R Street Institute
• Mark Jamison, Senior Nonresident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
• Karina Montoya, Center for Journalism & Liberty Reporter, Open Markets Institute
• Diana Moss, President, American Antitrust Institute

The success of the digital economy has given rise to some of the wealthiest companies the world has ever known. Over the last decade or more, concerns have arisen among some economists about whether existing antitrust laws are adequate to address the market power exercised by these “Big Tech” companies and their products and platforms that are used by billions of people globally.

Has the data-driven economy of “free” platforms, network effects and the unprecedented size of these tech firms changed the economic calculus behind the consumer-welfare framework that currently guides antitrust enforcement? This panel gives the audience a unique chance to learn from the perspectives of economists on both sides of the question in their own words.