USC Marshall Initiative on Digital Competition

USC Initiative on Digital Competition

About

The continued and rapid growth of E-commerce has generated questions about the consequences for society, business, and the global economy. The USC Marshall Initiative on Digital Competition, starting in January 2021, aims to discover insights on these questions through a collaboration of industry practitioners and academics from business disciplines as well as non-business disciplines (e.g. computer science, economics, law, communications); and disseminate these insights to a broad set of audiences that includes academics, business leaders, and the public.

Topics of Interest

  • Analysis of innovation, disruption, and competition for online platforms and their ecosystems
  • Implications of regulatory policies on digital platform competition, and value creation
  • Evaluation of policy proposals by lawmakers, think tanks, as well as by industry trade groups and consumer advocates

Core Team

Anthony Dukes

Anthony Dukes

Chair and Professor of Marketing, USC Marshall

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Danny Sokol

Daniel Sokol

Professor of Law, USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall

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Robin Thimbriel

Robin Thimbriel

Administrative Coordinator Initiative on Digital Competition

(She/Her/Hers)

Research Affiliates

External Affiliates

Carmelo Cennamo

Carmelo Cennamo

Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship, Copenhagen Business School

Research Focus: Platform ecosystems, Competition in digital markets, Platform competition and platform disruption, Digital transformation at market and sector level

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Yuxin Chen

Yuxin Chen

Dean of Business, Distinguished Global Network Professor, NYU Shanghai; Global Network Professor, NYU

Research Focus: Data-driven Marketing, Internet Marketing, Competitive Strategies, Structural Empirical Models, Bayesian Econometric Methods

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Anindya Ghose

Anindya Ghose

Professor of Information, Operations, and Management Sciences and Professor of Marketing, NYU's Stern School of Business

Research Focus: Social Media, Text Mining of User-Generated Content, Digital, Advertising and Marketing, Mobile Apps, Mobile Internet and, Mobile Commerce, Electronic Commerce, Crowdfunding

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Anja Lambrecht

Anja Lambrecht

Professor of Marketing, London Business School

Research Focus: Pricing, Choice and usage under nonlinear pricing, Biases in tariff choice, Online advertising, Electronic markets

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Oke Odudu

Oke Odudu

Access Officer at Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge

Research Focus: Antitrust law, Cartels, Competition law, European Union law

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Wonseok Oh

Wonseok Oh

K.C.B. Chair Professor of Information Systems, KAIST College of Business

Research Focus: Economics of IT and AI, Consumer Data Analytics, AI & Emerging Technologies, Digital Marketing

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Melissa Schilling

Melissa Schilling

Herzog Family Professor of Management, NYU

Research Focus: Technological Change and Innovation, Alliances and Collaboration Strategies, Cognition, Creativity and Learning, Pharmaceutical and Biotech Innovation, Technology Standards and Modularity, Breakthrough Innovators

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Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Professor of Information Technology and Marketing, Carnegie Mellon University

Research Focus: Internet Market Efficiency, Customer Choice Behavior at Shopbots, Internet Pricing Behavior, Peer-to-Peer Network Efficiency and Design

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Catherine Tucker

Catherine Tucker

Sloan Distinguished Professor of Management and a Professor of Marketing, MIT Sloan

Research Focus: Management Science

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Marshall Van Alstyne

Marshall Van Alstyne

Professor of Information Systems, Questrom School of Business

Research Focus: Economics of Free Software & Platform Innovation, Network Effects & Information Product Design, Information Economics & Antispam Technologies, Information Flow & White Collar Productivity

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Hema Yoganarasimhan

Hema Yoganarasimhan

Professor of Marketing, University of Washington

Research Focus: Digital Marketing, Online Advertising,Two-Sided Markets, Auctions, Online Search.

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Michael Zhang

Michael Zhang

Chair Professor of Decision Sciences and Managerial Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research Focus: Business Analytics, Digital Finance, Online advertising, Economics of Artificial Intelligence

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Feng Zhu

Feng Zhu

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Research Focus: Technology and Operations Management

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USC Affiliates

Mohammed Alyakoob

Mohammed Alyakoob

Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operation

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Shanatu Dutta

Shanatu Dutta

Dave and Jeanne Tappan Chair in Marketing and Professor of Marketing

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Erik Hovenkamp

Erik Hovenkamp

Assistant Professor of Law

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Nikhil Malik

Nikhil Malik

Assistant Professor of Marketing

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Mayzlin Dina

Dina Mayzlin

Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program & Professor of Marketing

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Alex Miller

Alex Miller

Assistant Professor of Marketing

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Milan Miric

Milan Miric

Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

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Alejandra Palacios

Alejandra Palacios

Senior Fellow, Sol Price; Affiliated Expert, The Brattle Group; Former Chair of COFECE (Mexico’s Antitrust Authority)

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Davide Proserpio

Davide Proserpio

Assistant Professor of Marketing & Kenneth King Stonier Assistant Professor of Business Administration

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Rodney Ramcharan

Rodney Ramcharan

Professor of Finance and Business Economics

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Tianshu Sun

Tianshu Sun

Robert R. Dockson Associate Professor in Business Administration & Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

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Guofu Tan

Guofu Tan

Kalinda Ukanwa

Kalinda Ukanwa

Assistant Professor of Marketing

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Sha Yang

Sha Yang

Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs and Ernest Hahn Professor of Marketing

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Graduate Researchers

Carter Faust

Carter Faust

Master of Science in Applied Economics and Econometrics (MS AEE)

Electronic Commerce, Electronic Markets, Digital Finance

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Meng Li

Meng Li

Master of Science in Global Supply Chain Management

Implication of Data Policies for E-Commerce
Taxation and Online Retailing

(She/Her/Hers)

Kenny Oh

Kenneth On

Juris Doctor

Antitrust/ M&A

Aigerim Saudabayeva

Aigerim Saudabayeva

Juris Doctor

Antitrust; Merger Review; Impact of Big Tech on the News Industry

(She/Her/Hers)

Events

Data and Innovation: Solutions and Business Models in the Digital Economy

Panelist: Anindya Ghose (NYU Stern) and Catherine Tucker (MIT Sloan)

Moderators: Daniel Sokol (USC) and Marcela Mattiuzzo (Coordinator of the LGPD GT of the IBRAC Digital Markets Committee)

 

USC Global Competition Law Thought Leadership Conference Information

USC Global Competition Law Thought Leadership Conference
Friday, June 3rd - Saturday, June 4th, 2022

University of Southern California, UPC
665 West Exposition Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Presented by USC Marshall Initiative on Digital Competition, Center for Transnational Law and Business, and Analysis Group and Cornerstone Research

Register

4.21 IDC Virtual Event - Supply Chain

Digital Supply Chain

Panelists: Dheera Anand, Senior Manager, Business Consulting – Supply Chain & Operations, Ernst & Young LLP; Tathagata (Das) Dasgupta
Chief Data Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi; Falan Yinug, Director of Economic Strategy at Qualcomm

Thursday, April 21
Start at 9 AM PST

Virtual Event
Zoom Registration Link:
 https://bit.ly/3MSOqDp

 

Webinars

Competition and Video Games – The Microsoft/Activision Blizzard Merger

Moderator:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor, Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, USC

Panelists:
Ankur Kapoor, Partner at Constantine Cannon
Terrell McSweeny, Partner at Covington
Diana Moss, President at American Antitrust Institute
Joost Rietveld, Assistant Professor at the UCL School of Management

Digital Transformation in the Supply Chain

Moderator:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall

Panelists:
Dheera Anand, Principal, Business Consulting – Supply Chain & Operations, Ernst & Young LLP
Tathagata (Das) Dasgupta, Chief Data Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi

Falan Yinug, Director of Economic Strategy at Qualcomm

Fireside Chat with Carl Shapiro on Antitrust Merger Guidelines

Speakers:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor, Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, USC (Moderator)
Carl Shapiro, Distinguished Professor of the Graduate School, University of California, Berkeley

Description:
The session will explore the drafting of the 2010 Horizontal Merger Guidelines, their use before the antitrust agencies and in court, as well as suggestions for possible reform. 

What a Chief Economist Does in a Platform Company?

Speaker:
John A. List - Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor in Economics, University of Chicago, Current Chief Economist at Walmart, Former Chief Economist at Lyft and Uber

Description:
Economists have come to play an increasingly central role in tech companies-tackling problems such as platform design, strategy, pricing, and policy. Come learn about their role from the former chief economist of Lyft (and U Chicago Professor) John List.

Digital Transformation In the Media & Entertainment Industry

Panelists:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor, Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, USC (Moderator)
Rowan Conn, CFO, Universal Brand Development
Kelly Hamilton, EVP & CIO, Sony Pictures Entertainment
John Nendick, Founder, Malaga Consulting, Advisor, Investor and Board of Directors in Media and Technology

Fintech for Inclusion

Panelists:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor, Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, USC (Moderator)
Christopher Brummer, Professor of Law, Georgetown and Founder, DC Fintech Week (Moderator)
Kimberly Johnson, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Fannie Mae (Keynote)
Carmelle Cadet, Founder & CEO, EMTECH Dante Disparte, CSO & Head of Global Policy, Circle
Theodore "Teddy" Flo, CLO, Zest AI

What Does Proposed Antitrust Legislation Mean in the Courtroom?

Panelists:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor, Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, USC (Moderator)
Eric Grannon, Partner, White & Case LLP
Bruce Hoffman, Partner, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Amanda Reeves, Partner, Latham & Watkins

Competition Issues in Supermarkets

Panelists:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor, Gould School of Law, Marshall School of Business, USC (Moderator)
Alicia Batts, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
Stephanie Greco, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ayelet Israeli, Associate Professor, Harvard Business School

The Role of Technology Platforms in Enabling Entry of Startups

Panelists:
Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall
Shantanu Dutta, Dave and Jeanne Tapan Chair Professor in Marketing, USC Marshall
Viswanath Pingali, Associate Professor of Economics, IIM AhmedabadModerator -Nishant Chadha, Head of Research Centre for The Digital Future

How Do Business, Law, and Regulation Impact AI Engineering Researchers: Possible Collaboration and Complementarities

Panelists:
Anthony Dukes, Chair & Professor of Marketing, University of Southern California
Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, USC Gould & Affiliate Professor USC Marshall
Dina Mayzlin, Associate Dean for the Ph.D. Program & Professor of Marketing
Mohammed Alyakoob, Assistant Professor of Data Sciences & Operation

What I Learned From My Stint In Government

Moderator:
Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, University of Southern California

Panelists:
Leemore Dafney, Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Guofu Tan, Professor of Economics, University of Southern California
Nancy Rose, Professor of Applied Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Future of Retailing and E-Commerce

Moderator:
Anthony Dukes, Chair & Professor of Marketing, University of Southern California

Panelists:
Tim Steiner, CEO, Ocado
Rong Yan, Sr. Engineering Director, Product Engineering Snap, Inc.
Shweta Khajuria, Director, Evercore ISI, Research Division

Platform Acquisitions

Moderator:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall

Panelists:
Tanisha James, Partner at Cooley
Erik Rannala, Mucker Capital

Milan Miric, Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations

Digital Competition and Regulation - What Does the Future Hold?

Moderator:
D. Daniel Sokol, Professor of Law, USC Gould and Affiliate Professor USC Marshall

Panelists:
Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto
Ginger Jin, University of Maryland
Oke Odudu University of Cambridge

The Future of Antitrust Enforcement in the Biden Administration

Panelists:
Jamillia P. Ferris, Partner, Antitrust and Competition, Wilson Sonsini
Margaret T. Segall, Partner, Antitrust, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
Alexander Paul Okuliar, Co-Chair, Global Antitrust Law Practice Group, Morrison & Foerster LLP
Peter Mucchetti, Partner, Antitrust and Litigation, Clifford Chance

 

Podcasts

The Platform Competition Podcast features the Directors Dr. Anthony Dukes and Dr. D. Daniel Sokol diving deep into conversation on insights of e-commerce and digital platforms through collaboration of industry practitioners and academics from business disciplines and beyond. This podcast is for everyone; as we celebrate the innovation, the diversity, and the voices - in America, and around the world.

Podcast 1

Michael Grenfell, Executive Director, Competition and Markets Authority (UK)

Podcast 2

Reiko Aoki, Commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission

Podcast 3

Matthew Boswell, Commission, Competition Bureau of Canada;
Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch;
Anthony Durocher, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch

Contact

Email: info.idc@marshall.usc.edu