Markets and Regulation in the Age of Big Tech
20 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2021
Date Written: December 14, 2021
The digital revolution, along with the growth of the companies known collectively as Big Tech, is transforming the global economy and giving rise to novel policy challenges. This paper analyzes the microeconomic foundations of this change, particularly how the natures of competition and oligopolistic equilibria are changing as a result of the large returns to scale and the global connectivity made possible by these new technologies. We then discuss how these changes fit into the existing regulatory landscape and argue that, for certain kinds of large digital-platform firms, existing antitrust laws may not be adequate. We conclude by considering more radical reform, such as requiring certain platform firms to be organized as nonprofits or public utilities.
Keywords: digital revolution,Big Tech,vertically serrated industries,maroon theorem,profit sharing
JEL Classification: O1,L4
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