Competition expertise recognised in Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards 2023

We’re pleased to announce that the article ‘Open Up Your Algorithm - Or Else’ written by Frontier economists, Malcolm Tan, Greg Wilkinson, and Monica Gambarin, has been nominated in the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards 2023.

The awards aim to shine a light on competition scholarship and seek to highlight the best antitrust content published over the last year.

The nominated article falls under the “Best Business Articles: Economics” category and was written after the text of the Digital Markets Act was published, with a focus on the provisions relating to self-preferencing. Further details are summarised below:

“In relation to self-preferencing, the final text is broadly similar to the draft we saw last year. However, there are some notable additions. In this article, we explain what’s changed and what’s remained and discuss some of the outstanding economic questions. In doing so, we consider what may be the EC’s thinking behind these amendments, how the text could benefit from further specification and the potential challenges for so-called gatekeepers in complying with the DMA. This is because, depending on how they are implemented, the new amendments could make compliance very burdensome (for example, on algorithm transparency and self-preferencing for crawling). These are all elements that the EC will need to keep in mind as it firms up the legislation before Spring 2023 when the DMA will come into force. The draft proposal on self-preference is in Article 6 of the DMA, which contains those provisions that are subject to further specification.”

To read the article in full and vote, click here.

If you would like to know more about the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Awards, you can visit their website here. Winners will be announced at the Antitrust Writing Awards Ceremony, which will this year take place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023.