Coglianese & Lai on Antitrust by Algorithm

Cary Coglianese (University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School) and Alicia Lai (University of Pennsylvania Law School ; U.S. Courts of Appeals) have posted “Antitrust by Algorithm” (Stanford Computational Antitrust, Vol. 2, p. 1, 2022) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:

Technological innovation is changing private markets around the world. New advances in digital technology have created new opportunities for subtle and evasive forms of anticompetitive behavior by private firms. But some of these same technological advances could also help antitrust regulators improve their performance in detecting and responding to unlawful private conduct. We foresee that the growing digital complexity of the marketplace will necessitate that antitrust authorities increasingly rely on machine-learning algorithms to oversee market behavior. In making this transition, authorities will need to meet several key institutional challenges—building organizational capacity, avoiding legal pitfalls, and establishing public trust—to ensure successful implementation of antitrust by algorithm.