When sharing platforms fix sellers' prices

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Abstract

While price-fixing on platforms can attract severe enforcement action, as shown by the Amazon poster case, a more nuanced picture emerges regarding the fixing of prices for sellers by sharing economy platforms. This article explores possible antitrust responses to such centralized platform-driven price-fixing. The article, first, provides an introduction to the sharing economy and pricing models on such platforms. Then, it investigates the extent to which established case law and frameworks applied in competition law fit with the incentive structure and the operation of such platforms. In the final section, the article highlights key questions from a competition law and from a policy perspective. It shows how such practices defy traditional antitrust thinking and give rise to new policy and legal challenges.

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  • Law (excluding Law and Society)

Keywords

  • Agency, Employee, Enforcement, Hub-and-spoke, Platforms, Price-fixing, Sharing economy
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-408
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Antitrust Enforcement
Volume6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes