COMMENT: ICLE Resources for House Judiciary Antitrust Report Markup

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 14, 2021) — With the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law set to mark up its Report on Investigation of Competition in Digital Markets during an April 14 hearing, experts with the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) are available to comment on the proceedings and proposed antitrust legislation. 

In recent months, ICLE has published short explainers on a number of topics relevant to the committee’s markup, including: the Consumer Welfare Standard, Rep. Ken Buck’s “Third Way” proposal, and the U.S. Senate’s Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act

We also recommend reading the recent digital symposium we hosted at the Truth on the Market website regarding the state and federal antitrust cases brought against Google, as well as other recent TOTM posts on the Federal Trade Commission’s 2012 investigation of Google; the FTC’s recent complaint against Facebook; and the potential consumer benefits of platform self-preferencing. 

ICLE President and Founder Geoffrey Manne and Director of Competition Policy Sam Bowman are available to comment on the markup and recent proposals to change the focus of antitrust law. Manne can be reached at [email protected] or (503) 780-8515. Bowman can be reached at [email protected] or (971) 312-8502.

ICLE promotes the use of law & economics methodologies to inform public policy debates. We believe that intellectually rigorous, data-driven analysis will lead to efficient policy solutions that promote consumer welfare and global economic growth.