The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit considers potential discrimination between taxis and transportation network providers (Illinois Transport Association / City of Chicago)

Sharing and traditional economy: matter of substitutability ... between cats and dogs?* Sharing economy firms are disrupting traditional industries across the globe. As Tom Goodwin once put it: “Uber, the world’s largest taxi company, owns no vehicles. Facebook, the world’s most popular media owner, creates no content. Alibaba, the most valuable retailer, has no inventory. And Airbnb, the world’s largest accommodation provider, owns no real estate. Something interesting is happening.” Something interesting is happening indeed, also from the competition law perspective. One of the general sharing economy’s most attractive features is lower entry barriers: Airbnb facilitates entering the accommodation market and competing with hotels and hostels, and Uber facilitates entering the taxi

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Marcin Mleczko, The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit considers potential discrimination between taxis and transportation network providers (Illinois Transport Association / City of Chicago), 7 October 2016, e-Competitions October 2016, Art. N° 83641

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