Erik Hovenkamp

Erik Hovenkamp is an assistant professor at USC Gould School of Law. His primary research areas are antitrust; IP and innovation policy; law and economics; and industrial organization. His work has been published in a wide range of leading journals in both law and economics. Hovenkamp holds a PhD in economics and a JD, both from Northwestern University.

Big Tech ‘Self-Preferencing’ Bills May Hurt—Not Help— Antitrust Reform

A new paper from Erik Hovenkamp outlines pitfalls contained in newly proposed antitrust reform legislation that targets Big Tech companies. He proposes...

Tech Platforms and the Antitrust Duty to Deal

Why is there a widespread view that existing American antitrust law is ill-equipped to address dominant platforms that exclude or discriminate against...

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How Would the Big Tech Self-Preferencing Bill Affect Users? 

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New eBook Revisits George Stigler’s Theory of Regulatory Capture 50 Years Later

To mark the 50-year anniversary of George Stigler’s seminal piece, “The Theory of Economic Regulation” we are publishing a new eBook examining...

Firms Gerrymander Ownership of Polluting Plants to Reap Public and Regulatory Benefits

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