What Do We Know About Algorithmic Tacit Collusion?

16 Pages Posted: 15 May 2018 Last revised: 24 Sep 2018

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Ai Deng

NERA Economic Consulting; Johns Hopkins University

Date Written: September 16, 2018


The past few years have seen many legal scholars and antitrust agencies expressing interest in and concerns with algorithmic collusion. In this paper, I survey and draw lessons from the literature on Artificial Intelligence and on the economics of algorithmic tacit collusion. I show that a good understanding of this literature is a crucial first step to better understand the antitrust risks of algorithmic pricing and devise antitrust policies to combat such risks.

Keywords: algorithmic pricing, algorithmic collusion, artificial intelligence, antitrust

Suggested Citation

Deng, Ai, What Do We Know About Algorithmic Tacit Collusion? (September 16, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3171315 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3171315

Ai Deng (Contact Author)

NERA Economic Consulting ( email )

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Washington, DC 20037
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Johns Hopkins University ( email )

1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC DC 20036
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