Digital Enforcement & Innovation

The "Digital Enforcement & Innovation?" Chatham House Rule style round-table featured key presentations by Frédéric Jenny (OECD - Competition Division), Michael Jacobides (London Business School) and Marshall Van Alstyne (Boston University) followed by a live debate with key stakeholders from competition agencies, economists, lawyers and academics, and closed by a Q&A session. The presentations, the debate and the Q&A were chaired by Frédéric Jenny (OECD - Competition Division). This third-of-its-kind Chatham House Rule style round-table was co-organised by Concurrences in partnership with Facebook, Freshfields and Oxera.

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Frédéric Jenny introduced the discussion. He mentioned that this conference is crucial given the level of regulation activity in the digital economy in both the US and the EU. The industry has argued that current regulation projects are likely to hinder innovation, whereas other stakeholders have pointed that more regulation is on the contrary bound to bring about more innovation. The terms of the trade-off between competition and innovation remain uncertain. However, all aspects of competition policy are encompassed in the discussion, from mergers to privacy. Three main questions can be asked to frame the discussion. First, what do we know about the relationship between competition and innovation in general and in the digital sector? Second, how to lower barriers to entry – do portability or interoperability help? Third, is stricter enforcement or framework likely to have a positive impact on innovation – if yes, what should be their guiding principles?

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  • ESSEC Business School (Cergy)
  • London Business School
  • Boston University - Questrom School of Business
  • Luiss Guido Carli University (Rome)
  • European Commission - DG COMP (Brussels)
  • Oxera (London)
  • United Kingdom’s Competition Authority (CMA) (London)