Tying in digital platforms under the competition legal framework in China and the EU: A comparative law and economics perspective
PhD student: Mrs Q. Wu
Promotors: Prof M.G. Faure, Dr N.J. Philipsen
Duration: 1/9/2018 - 31/8/2022
PhD defence: Maastricht, 28/2/2023
Assessing the anti-competitive and pro-competitive effects of tying practices in digital platforms has been controversial due to the specific characteristics of digital platforms. There seems to be no unified economic theory to approach this problem. Moreover, when faced with these tying practices, enforcement agencies in the EU, China and the US have taken different approaches. This paper will explore whether there exists a comprehensive and unified economic tying theory in digital platforms and propose a structured rule of reason test to distinguish lawful from unlawful tying practices through a comparative analysis of the cases taking place in the EU, China and the US.