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ECIPE & techUK Conference: Innovation, Growth and Competition in the Digital Economy – Opportunities, Problems, Solutions

November 30 2022
Venue: London School of Economics, Thai Theatre, New Academic Building (NAB), Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London
Speakers: Bart van Ark, Sam Dumitriu, Richard Fuller, Cora Govett, Irene Graham, Daniel Korski, Erik van der Marel, Niall Mackenzie, Daniel Sokol, David J. Teece
Time: 13:30

Please join us for an afternoon in-person conference on modern competition policy!

Competition in the digital economy has become a major issue for governments. Just like the EU has overhauled its policy for competition in digital markets, the UK is reforming its competition policy to better address the market power of platforms. A new Digital Markets Bill will soon be released by the UK government, building on previous proposals to establish new policies to regulate platforms and acquisitions they want to make. While a robust policy for promoting competition is necessary, new regulations and competition policies can also reduce competition and stifle innovation. The UK – like the rest of Europe – needs to create a better atmosphere for digital innovation and speed up the market diffusion of new technologies to stay at the frontier of global innovation. It sorely needs more of the productivity growth that comes from technological and digital change. How can these various ambitions be balanced? Is competition and innovation friends or foes? How can competition regulators take a stronger role in the digital economy without choking innovation and digital markets?

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13:30-14:00 Keynote by Rt. Hon. Richard Fuller MP

14:00-15:00 Session 1: Innovation, Productivity and the Digital Economy: What’s the Challenge? Speakers: Professor Bart van Ark, Professor Erik van der Marel and Professor Niall Mackenzie

15:00-16:15 Session 2: Competition and High-tech Markets: Do Big Firms Help or Hinder Innovation? Speakers: Professor Irene Graham, Professor Daniel Sokol and Professor David Teece

16:15-16:45 Coffee/Tea

16:45-17:45 Session 3: How to Boost Growth and Competition in the Digital Economy? Speakers:
Cora Govett, Sam Dumitriu, and Daniel Korski

18:00-19:00 End/Refreshments


Bart van Ark is Professor of Productivity Studies and Managing Director of the Productivity Institute, Alliance Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

Sam Dumitriu is Research Director at the Entrepreneurs Network

Richard Fuller is Member of Parliament and the former Economic Secretary to the Treasury

Cora Govett is Deputy Director at the Department of Culture, Media and Society

Irene Graham is the CEO of the Scale Up Institute and a Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship at Strathclyde University

Daniel Korski, a former special adviser in No. 10 Downing Street, is CEO of Public and founder of the GovTech Summit

Erik van der Marel is Profesor of Economics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles and Chief Economist at ECIPE

Niall Mackenzie is Director, Consumers and Competition at BEIS

Daniel Sokol is Carolyn Craig Franklin Chair in Law and Business at the Gould School of Law, University of Southern California

David J. Teece is the Thomas W. Tusher Professor in Global Business at the University of California’s Haas School of Business (Berkeley)