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Leveraging market power online: the Google Shopping case

Andres Caro

Keywords: Google; European Commission; Article 102 TFEU; abuse of a dominant position; leveraging; discrimination; digital markets

In June 2017, the European Commission imposed a €2.4bn fine on Google for abusing its dominant position in online search by giving preferential treatment to its own comparison shopping service. Such complex cases of leveraging of market power also arise in other digital markets, and raise several questions. How should competition authorities weigh benefits to consumers against harm to competition and competitors? How can competition concerns be remedied without affecting incentives to innovate? This article considers the Google Shopping case and how such questions may be resolved.

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