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See version in english Digital economy and consumer welfare (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)

CONFÉRENCES : MARCHÉS EN LIGNE - BIEN-ÊTRE DES CONSOMMATEURS - ÉCONOMIE NUMÉRIQUE

Digital economy and consumer welfare (Online markets and offline welfare effects : The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017)

Alors que le Oxford English Dictionary définit le « bien-être » comme « la santé, le bonheur et la fortune d’une personne ou d’un groupe », il n’est pas si simple de définir le bien-être du consommateur dans le contexte d’internet. Des changements graduels introduits par des plateformes disposant d’un pouvoir de marché significatif sont capables de fausser l’idée du bien-être du consommateur dans les marchés numériques. En outre, il est nécessaire d’analyser le rôle des plateformes en ligne en ce qui concerne leurs gains d’efficacité, notamment dans le secteur hôtelier en ligne.

Bob Dylan and consumer welfare Alec Burnside Partner, Dechert LLP, Brussels The challenge put to me in opening today’s event is to explain what we mean by “consumer welfare.” With the European Commission’s chief economist sitting by my side, and with all the authority that comes from my O level in economics, that is a challenge I am certainly going to duck. But in framing the issues for a day that sets out to discuss “Competition, Society and Democracy,” and from a background as an antitrust practitioner, I have experienced that consumer welfare seems in practice to involve a focus on the price of goods and services, and what a particular situation may do to that price. And secondarily, a concern with issues of quality—although with some diffidence, given the difficulty of measuring

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Alec J. Burnside, Philippe Chappatte, Agustin Reyna, Sarah de Morant, Digital economy and consumer welfare (Online markets and offline welfare effects: The Internet, competition, society and democracy - Oxford, 22 May 2017), September 2017, Concurrences Review N° 3-2017, Art. N° 84701, www.concurrences.com

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