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Video vom 01.06.2017:

BCCP Conference and Policy Forum 2017

Policy Roundtable: Consumer and Competition Policy in Platform Markets

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The emergence of online platforms has decreased transaction costs considerably, increased price transparency and hence enabled consumers to more easily compare and purchase products and services. At the same time, platforms may achieve market power leading to undesirable market outcomes. Is existing consumer protection law appropriate to address concerns arising on online platforms? Are existing regulations sufficient to address the particular policy concerns arising in these markets? How can the peculiarities of digital markets such as network effects be taken into account in competition policy?