The Department of Economics is pleased to announce that Dr Luisa Affuso will be delivering the first talk as part of the 360 Guest Lecture Series 2019/20 for this academic year.
Should We Regulate Online Markets?
Monday 20 January 2020, 12-1pm
Room OC0.03, Oculus, University of Warwick
This event is for staff and students only and registration is required in order to attend.
About the talk
Online platforms have led to significant innovation resulting in new services and significant consumer benefits. The extent of network effects and economies of scale and scope however, especially relating to big data, has led some online platforms to become the only (or the main) operator in their area, with associated significant market power, and the potential for harmful outcomes for different categories of consumers. Does competition (whether in or for the market) work in online markets or are market failures so pervasive as to call for ex-ante intervention? And if regulation is necessary, what should it look like to avoid the risk of regulatory failures in such innovative and dynamic markets?
About the speaker - Luisa Affuso
Luisa is Chief Economist at Ofcom, the UK communications regulator. She is a member of Ofcom’s executive board, and leads the Economics Group. She joined from PwC where she headed the Competition Economics practice.
Luisa has over twenty years’ experience in the application of competition, regulatory, and industrial economics. She has advised on competition policy matters and has given expert evidence on a number of high-profile cases before several antitrust authorities and Courts in a number of jurisdictions including the European Commission, Italy, UK, South Africa, India, and Singapore.
Luisa's key expertise is in directing economic analysis and related policy developments to address complex problems in dynamic markets. She has advised on a large number of cases including mergers, abuse of dominance and restrictive horizontal and vertical agreements, as well as damages litigation from antitrust infringements, market studies and market investigations, and State aid.
Luisa started her career as an academic, initially at the University of Cambridge where she was Director of Studies and Fellow in Economics at Robinson College, and a Research Associate of the Department of Applied Economics, and subsequently at the London Business School. She is currently a Senior Member of Robinson College.
Luisa was educated at the University of Warwick, where she obtained an MSc and PhD in Economics. She has been listed in the Who’s Who legal of Competition Experts, as one of the world’s leading competition economists for several years, and has been selected by the Who’s Who 2018 as one of the global thought leaders in competition economics.”
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