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Zero-price Platform Services: There Is No Free Lunch in Applying the “No Free Lunch” Principle

BY | July 27, 2022

The well-known economic principle that “there is no such thing as a free lunch” (“NFLP”) has enjoyed a recent revival in the assessment of digital markets in antitrust. There is…

The well-known economic principle that “there is no such thing as a free lunch” (“NFLP”) has enjoyed a recent revival in the assessment of digital markets in antitrust. There is a belief that NFLP implies zero-price platform services must somehow be “paid for” by consumers in some manner—such as the loss of privacy and valuable data. Others have gone further, asserting that consumers are not only made worse off by the data collection and use that attend zero-price platform

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