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Antitrust Chronicle® – Real Estate & Antitrust
 |  Mar 27, 2024

Dear Readers, In terms of consumer welfare, few sectors are as important as real estate. Unlike transient trends, real estate’s significance transcends economic cycles. Indeed, shelter lies at the base…

Systematic National Evidence of Steering by Real Estate Agents
 |  Mar 27, 2024

Policymakers have long worried that real estate agents steer their buyer clients away from properties that pay buyer agents low commissions. They consider commission-based steering a key reason why U.S.…

Compliance Now! Actionable Antitrust Advice for the Residential Real Estate Industry
 |  Mar 27, 2024

The residential real estate industry is attracting unprecedented scrutiny from government enforcers and private plaintiffs, with one jury in Missouri awarding a class of home seller plaintiffs a staggering $1.8…

Real Estate Commissions: Some Insights from the Economics of Multi-Sided Platforms
 |  Mar 27, 2024

The real estate industry has long been scrutinized by regulatory agencies for various practices. Recent investigations and lawsuits have focused on the structure of real estate commissions in which a…

New Ideas for Promoting Real Estate Brokerage Price Competition
 |  Mar 27, 2024

A prohibition against residential real estate listing agents setting the fees collected by buyer agents, as appears likely, will take a big step towards introducing price competition into the market…

Recent Developments in the Competition Authorities’ Activities in the Real Estate Sector in the EU and UK
 |  Mar 27, 2024

In recent years, the competition authorities of the Member States of the European Union and the UK have handed down a number of decisions involving the real estate sector. These…

Antitrust Chronicle® – Pricing Algorithms
 |  Feb 28, 2024

Dear Readers, The use of pricing algorithms has been a long-standing feature of certain markets. Recent debates on the ascent of AI have brought the use of such algorithms to…

Pricing Algorithms and Antitrust Enforcement: Sandboxes to the Rescue?
 |  Feb 28, 2024

Pricing algorithms make it easier for businesses dynamically to respond to market tendencies and set prices in an instant manner. In doing so, they can contribute to more efficient price…

AI, Algorithmic Pricing, and Collusion
 |  Feb 28, 2024

Advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning and their application to pricing decisions have led to concerns that such innovation could lead to higher prices for consumers. In particular, there…

Competition & Collusion in a World of Algorithmic Pricing: Antitrust Risks & Enforcement Trends
 |  Feb 28, 2024

Across many industries, businesses rely on algorithmic pricing systems that analyze large volumes of market data to recommend or set prices. For many years, courts have assessed the effects of…

Pricing Algorithms in Antitrust’s Sights?
 |  Feb 28, 2024

Pricing algorithms have captured antitrust scholars’ attention for a decade now. A key problem: Whether antitrust doctrine could adequately handle the situation where several competing firms independently delegate their market…

Pricing Algorithms — What Role for Regulation?
 |  Feb 28, 2024

The rapid spread of pricing algorithms in e-commerce markets has raised alarms about their potential for anticompetitive abuse. Enforcers and policy-makers have been concerned for some time about the possibility…

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