A Systematic Content Analysis of Innovation in European Competition Law

Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute (ALTI) Working Paper 2-2023 // Dynamic Competition Initiative (DCI) Working Paper 1-2023

49 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2023 Last revised: 30 Nov 2023

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Thibault Schrepel

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Stanford University's Codex Center; University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne; Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Date Written: November 28, 2023

Abstract

Innovation plays a crucial role in defining competitive dynamics. Given this fact, one might expect ‘innovation’ to play a consistent role in antitrust law. The present article conducts a systematic content analysis of the case law of the Court of Justice of the European Union to test this hypothesis. The results suggest that EU courts assign a fragmented role to innovation in competition law cases. We end with suggestions to remedy this situation.

Keywords: innovation, competition law, antitrust law, innovation competition, dynamic competition, systematic content analysis

JEL Classification: K21, D42, L40, L41, L42, L43, L44, L49, 038, 039, 030, 031

Suggested Citation

Schrepel, Thibault, A Systematic Content Analysis of Innovation in European Competition Law (November 28, 2023). Amsterdam Law & Technology Institute (ALTI) Working Paper 2-2023 // Dynamic Competition Initiative (DCI) Working Paper 1-2023 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4413584

Thibault Schrepel (Contact Author)

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam ( email )

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Stanford University's Codex Center ( email )

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University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

France

Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po) ( email )

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Paris Cedex 07, 75337
France

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