Analysis of online vs. offline competition in a spatial framework
Concurrences No. 3 - 2018
Six Analysis Group consultants have jointly written articles on the subject of competition in the retail industry for an “On-Topic” published in the competition law review Concurrences. Titled “Online and offline retail distribution,” the set of articles collectively assesses the effects that online shopping and distribution have had on brick-and-mortar businesses, and the dilemmas they pose for antitrust and competition enforcement as it evolves to take account of the phenomenon.
In his article, Vice President Nikita Piankov presents a spatial framework for the economic modelling of competition between online and offline retailers, uses it to analyze some critical features of that competition, and discusses how the framework can be marshaled in the context of antitrust analysis.