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Editor-in-Chief and Senior Fellow

R.J. Lehmann is Editor-in-Chief and Senior Fellow at ICLE. He is responsible for crafting and executing ICLE’s editorial strategy and managing its publication calendar. He was previously Director of Finance, Insurance, and Trade Policy for the R Street Institute, which he co-founded in June 2012.

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President and Founder

Geoffrey A. Manne is president and founder of the International Center for Law and Economics (ICLE), a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Portland, Oregon. He is also a distinguished fellow at Northwestern University’s Center on Law, Business, and Economics. Previously he taught at Lewis & Clark Law School. Prior to teaching, Manne practiced antitrust law at Latham & Watkins, clerked for Hon. Morris S. Arnold on the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and worked as a research assistant for Judge Richard Posner. He was also once (very briefly) employed by the FTC. Manne holds AB & JD degrees from the University of Chicago.

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Director of Competition Policy

Dirk Auer manages ICLE’s work on competition and antitrust issues in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and abroad. Dirk joined ICLE as a Senior Fellow in October 2018 and was promoted to his current position in January 2022.

COMMENT: ICLE Statement on Senate Digital Platform Bills

WASHINGTON (Jan. 20, 2022) — As the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee prepares to begin markup today on both S. 2992, the American Innovation and Choice Online Act, and S. 2710, the Open App Markets Act, the International Center for Law & Economics (ICLE) offers the following comments.

From ICLE President and Founder Geoffrey A. Manne:

“The notion that platform entry into competition with edge providers is harmful to innovation is entirely speculative. Moreover, it is flatly contrary to a range of studies showing that the opposite is likely true. Mandating that platforms act as essential facilities would impose costs, most importantly in terms of the effective operation of the platform and its own incentives for innovation.”

From ICLE Director of Competition Policy Dirk Auer:

“Lawmakers refuse to acknowledge that self-preferencing, data portability, and interoperability all involve tradeoffs. In condemning the first and mandating the latter two, these bills will harm the very consumers they purport to protect. A more appropriate response would be to ensure that regulators carefully weigh the pros and cons of these practices on a case-by-case basis. Unfortunately, that more measured response would cut against the overarching imperative to ‘do something’ now, whatever the costs.”

Media interested in interviewing ICLE scholars about self-preferencing and platform economics should contact Editor-in-Chief R.J. Lehmann at [email protected] or 908-265-5272.