Algorithms, Collusion and Competition Law

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Algorithms, Collusion and Competition Law

A Comparative Approach

9781802203035 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Steven Van Uytsel, Professor of International Business Law, Faculty of Law, Kyushu University, Japan, Salil K. Mehra, James E. Beasley Professor of Law, Beasley School of Law, Temple University, US and Yoshiteru Uemura, Professor of Competition Law, Faculty of Economics, Hannan University, Japan
Publication Date: April 2023 ISBN: 978 1 80220 303 5 Extent: c 256 pp
What is algorithmic collusion? This evaluative book provides an insight into tackling this important question for competition law, with contrasting critical perspectives, including theoretical, empirical, and doctrinal – the latter frequently from a comparative perspective. Bringing together scholarly discussion on algorithmic collusion, the book questions whether competition law is adeptly equipped to deal with its various facets.

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Is competition law able to deal with algorithmic collusion? This evaluative book provides an insight into tackling this important question for competition law, with contrasting critical perspectives, including theoretical, empirical, and doctrinal – the latter frequently from a comparative perspective.

Bringing together scholarly discussion on algorithmic collusion, the book questions whether competition law is adeptly equipped to deal with its various facets. With a comprehensive overview of the recent literature on algorithmic collusion, chapters offer a critical appraisal of the effectiveness of competition law to deal with algorithmic collusion. Covering a unique collection of legal, theoretical, and experimental case studies, it initiates debate among legal scholars for a better understanding of the data upon which algorithms decide prices.

With a comparative identification of both the potentialities and limitations of competition law in relation to algorithmic collusion, this book will be of key value to students and scholars of competition law, economics and finance. It will also be an invaluable resource for legal practitioners and policy makers in the field.
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‘This unique book offers a window into the fascinating world of algorithmic collusion. Several contributions assess how this new phenomenon is dealt with under the laws of various jurisdictions (Australia, China, India, Japan and the EU). That alone would make the book worth the read, but there is more. Another chapter dives deep into the algorithms used by Uber and Amazon and draws implications on the likelihood of competition law infringements. Yet another chapter shares the results of a screening exercise for algorithmic collusion in Singapore. Together, the chapters in this book reflect the great diversity and originality of research into this topic, and take the reader on a wonderful journey through this novel area of competition law.’
– Simon Vande Walle, The University of Tokyo, Japan

‘In many online markets, prices are set in an automated manner by algorithms, which raises significant competitive concerns and numerous competition law issues, in particular the danger of collusive behaviour of algorithms. This collection of essays provides an excellent overview of the key economic and legal aspects of algorithmic collusion, as well as the approaches taken in different jurisdictions to address this problem. It is a valuable volume that should be consulted by all interested in algorithmic collusion and its economic and competition law aspects.’
– Ulrich Schwalbe, University of Hohenheim, Germany

‘This collection of essays helps to improve our understanding across AI collusion.’
– D. Daniel Sokol, USC Gould School of Law and Marshall School of Business, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Baskaran Balasingham, Jan Blockx, Ai Deng, Yajie Gao, Wei Han, Nikita Koradia, Cassey Lee, Gloria Lin, Kiran Manokaran, Zara Saeed, Yoshiteru Uemura, Steven Van Uytsel, Thomas Weck
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