The Related Roles of Antitrust, Consumer Protection, and Regulation
Bentham House, Kings Cross, London
This sector is going through change at an unprecedented pace. Traditional business are challenged, new market forces are emerging and consumer behaviour is changing and adapting to a novel setting.This creates a complex set of interrelated issues which range from analysis of market power, to data protection and privacy, incentivising content and infrastructure investment and innovation but, at the same time, protecting consumers.
The 2010 Jevons Colloquium brought together head of authorities, senior enforcers, business representatives. academics, and the leading experts from the EU and US to discuss this set of issues.
Joaquin Almunia, the EU Competition Commissioner opened the Colloquium and started the debate with John Fingleton, OFT's Chief Executive, Willard K Tom,at the US Federal Trade Commission and other senior authority heads and business figures. Ed Richards, Ofcom's Chief Executive, gave a key note address.
The Colloquium featured a number of other senior enforcers and leading experts including: Per Hellstrom of DG Competition at the European Commission; Thibaud Vergé, Chief Economist at the French Competition Authority, Heather Clayton, Senior Director of OFT and responsible for the OFT recent study on online targeting; Jon Baker, Professor at the American University; Andrea Coscelli, Director of Competition Economics at Ofcom, and Pamela Harbour, former Commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission.
Accreditation: 6 CPD hours (SRA and BSB)
Overview: David Evans, UCL and University of Chicago
What are the business models behind the behaviour of the major players?
How does the increasingly pervasive presence of Internet-based options alter competition among businesses
Are problems emerging, is it too early to worry, and can we count on the competitive process?