publication . Research . 2015

Is Amazon the next Google?

Budzinski, Oliver; Köhler, Karoline Henrike;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2015
  • Publisher: Ilmenau: Technische Universität, Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre
Dominant or apparently dominant internet platform increasingly become subject to both antitrust investigations and further-reaching political calls for regulation. While Google is currently in the focus of the discussion, the next candidate is already on the horizon - the ubiquitous online trading platform Amazon. Competitors and suppliers but also famous economists like Paul Krugman unite in criticizing Amazon's market power and alleged abuse of it. In this paper, we collect the multitude of allegations against Amazon and categorize them according to types of potential anticompetitive conduct or types of market failure. We provide an economic analysis of these ...
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