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Competition Policy in a New Era - Economic Disparity, Innovation -

19th Competition Policy Research Center International Symposium

February 3, 2021
Competition Policy Research Center

 Recently, new businesses that utilize AI, robots, the Internet, and other technologies have emerged one after another with the progress of technological innovation including IT, and the economic environment has changed dramatically and rapidly. These changes are expected to achieve efficient allocation of resources and bring a more comfortable and convenient life to the people.
  On the other hand, it has been pointed out that decreased competitive pressure will slow down the firms' capital investment and innovation, and the concentration of wealth in monopolistic firms will reduce the labor share, because in highly digitalized trades, the accumulation and utilization of data will be an important factors in having competitive advantage and these condition will bring market concentration.
  This symposium will make  keynote speeches and panel discussion by experts on how competition policy and the operation of antitrust law can contribute to macroeconomic issues such as innovation, productivity, and income disparity, and what initiatives are needed to make a more effective contribution.

1 Date and Venue

Date 10:00 - 12:00, March 5, 2021 (Fri)
Venue Online
Language English - Japanese (with simultaneous interpretation)
Admission Charge Free of Charge
Organizers Competition Policy Research Center (CPRC), Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC)
Co-sponsor Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Fair Trade Institute

2 Agenda

10:00-10:05 Opening Remarks

FURUYA Kazuyuki (Chairman, JFTC)

10:05-11:05 Keynote Speeches

10:05-10:35 "Competition Policy, Innovation and Inequality"
Jonathan B. Baker (Professor, American University Washington College of Law)
10:35-11:05 “The Rise of Concentration: Causes, Consequences and Solutions"
Jason Furman (Professor, Harvard Kennedy School)

11:05-11:15 Break

11:15-11:55 Panel Discussion

Moderator: MATSUSHIMA Noriaki (Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University / Director, CPRC)
Panelists:  Jonathan B. Baker (Professor, American University Washington College of Law)
                Jason Furman (Professor, Harvard Kennedy School)
                OHASHI Hiroshi (Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Tokyo / Professor, Graduate School of Economics, University of Tokyo / Chief Researcher)

11:55-12:00 Closing Remarks

MATSUSHIMA Noriaki (Professor, Institute of Social and Economic Research, Osaka University / Director, CPRC)

3 Presentation materials

Prof. Jonathan B. Baker(PDF:451KB)
Prof. Jason Furman(PDF:1,355KB)

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