The EU Commission fines €4.34 billion a Big Tech company for illegal practices (Google)

The EU’s Google Android antitrust decision falls prey to the nirvana fallacy* Today the European Commission launched its latest salvo against Google, issuing a decision in its three-year antitrust investigation into the company’s agreements for distribution of the Android mobile operating system. The massive fine levied by the Commission will dominate the headlines, but the underlying legal theory and proposed remedies are just as notable — and just as problematic. The nirvana fallacy It is sometimes said that the most important question in all of economics is “compared to what?” UCLA economist Harold Demsetz — one of the most important regulatory economists of the past century — coined the term “nirvana fallacy” to critique would-be regulators’ tendency to compare messy, real-world

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Geoffrey Manne, The EU Commission fines €4.34 billion a Big Tech company for illegal practices (Google), 18 July 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin January 2019, Art. N° 88709

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