I am very pleased to announce that a paper I wrote while I studied at the University of Chicago has been published in the European Competition Journal. Its title is Out of the Box: Illegal Tying and Google’s Suite of Apps for the Android OS. It has always been a goal of mine to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the European Competition Journal is a top-rated journal for European law.
I recall reading a book on the seminal US v Microsoft case a couple of years ago, which described the role a professor called Dennis Carlton played in the trial. He was hired as an economic consultant by Sun Microsystems, a complainant in the case, and presented models theorising how Microsoft could bundle Internet Explorer with the Windows operating system to protect its monopoly in the market for PC operating systems. It was this chapter in the book that got me hooked on the intersection between law, industrial organisation economics and technology. It confirmed my ambition to become a lawyer and inspired me to undertake a Master’s degree in law at the University of Chicago.
Fast forward a year-and-a-half, and I was taking a class with the very same professor at the Booth School of Business called Advanced Industrial Organisation III, surrounded by PhD candidates in economics and lawyers. It was during this class that I wrote Out of the Box and, when I submitted it to Professor Carlton and he remarked that it was a “very impressive piece of work”, I felt like the circle was complete. My next task was to edit it for publication, taking the helpful comments of Professors Dennis Carlton and David S. Evans into account.
Access to the article is closed to non-subscribers. Read the abstract etc here.