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On the economics of the Android Case

December 13, 2017

by Cristina Caffara

  • A formal economic analysis of the potential anticompetitive effects of contractual restrictions between Google and manufacturers of mobile devices based on the Android operating system.

  • The model identifies a mechanism through which “tying” of Google’s app store with its search app can protect and increase Google’s profits from search advertising, and help it outbid other search engines.

  • A few points of principle that might be useful to develop remedies are discussed.

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