Google Search (Shopping) as a Precedent for Disintermediation in Other Sectors - The Example of Google for Jobs

20 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2018 Last revised: 8 Nov 2018

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Thomas Hoppner

Technical University Wildau; Hausfeld RA LLP

Felicitas Schaper

Haufeld RA LLP

Philipp Westerhoff

Hausfeld RA LLP

Date Written: September 11, 2018

Abstract

With its Google Search (Shopping) decision of 27 June 2017 the European Commission set the legal framework for the assessment of any favouring of Google-own services on its general search results pages. Using the example of the recent launch of Google for Jobs in Europe, this article examines the scope of this precedent. To this end, the authors (i) summarise the finding of the Google Search (Shopping) decision, (ii) describe the functioning, launch and economic consequences of Google for Jobs in Europe and (iii) analyse this launch from a competition law perspective.

The article concludes that Google for Jobs is an online recruitment service akin to a job board or job search aggregator that is separate from Google’s general search service. Google’s favouring of Google for Jobs on its general search results pages as compared to competing services is capable of foreclosing the competition on the market for online recruitment services. Thus, Google’s conduct constitutes an abuse of dominance under the legal framework set by the Google Search (Shopping) decision.

Keywords: Competition Law, Antitrust, Abuse of Dominance, Unilateral Conduct, Google, Multi-Sided Market, Google for Jobs

Suggested Citation

Höppner, Thomas and Schaper, Felicitas and Westerhoff, Philipp, Google Search (Shopping) as a Precedent for Disintermediation in Other Sectors - The Example of Google for Jobs (September 11, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3264934

Thomas Höppner (Contact Author)

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Felicitas Schaper

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Philipp Westerhoff

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Germany

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