USC Initiative on Digital Competition
The continued and rapid growth of E-commerce has generated questions about the consequences for society, business, and the global economy. The USC 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
Research Focus: Platform ecosystems, Competition in digital markets, Platform competition and platform disruption, Digital transformation at market and sector level
Research Focus: Data-driven Marketing, Internet Marketing, Competitive Strategies, Structural Empirical Models, Bayesian Econometric Methods
Research Focus: Social Media, Text Mining of User-Generated Content, Digital, Advertising and Marketing, Mobile Apps, Mobile Internet and, Mobile Commerce, Electronic Commerce, Crowdfunding
Research Focus: Pricing, Choice and usage under nonlinear pricing, Biases in tariff choice, Online advertising, Electronic markets
Research Focus: Antitrust law, Cartels, Competition law, European Union law
Research Focus: Economics of IT and AI, Consumer Data Analytics, AI & Emerging Technologies, Digital Marketing
Research Focus: Internet Market Efficiency, Customer Choice Behavior at Shopbots, Internet Pricing Behavior, Peer-to-Peer Network Efficiency and Design
Research Focus: Management Science
Marshall Van Alstyne
Research Focus: Economics of Free Software & Platform Innovation, Network Effects & Information Product Design, Information Economics & Antispam Technologies, Information Flow & White Collar Productivity
Research Focus: Digital Marketing, Online Advertising,Two-Sided Markets, Auctions, Online Search.
Research Focus: Business Analytics, Digital Finance, Online advertising, Economics of Artificial Intelligence
Research Focus: Technology and Operations Management
Assistant Professor of Marketing & Kenneth King Stonier Assistant Professor of Business Administration
Professor of Economics
Robert R. Dockson Associate Professor in Business Administration & Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Assistant Professor of Marketing
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)
The USC Initiative on Digital Competition invites you to Platform Acquisitions, a webinar series on identifying the legal and business issues involving acquisitions of startups by larger platforms. Panelists will provide perspectives from venture capital, corporate venture capital, acquirers and founders.
Future of Antitrust Enforcement in the Biden Administration
Legal experts and former U.S. government officials discuss what will be the new Administration’s priorities. Join us for this hour-long online panel conversation.
Date and Time: Tuesday, July 13 9-10 AM PT
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, and Oke Odudu University of Cambridge
This webinar examines:
How do we address competing goals of privacy and regulation?
How do we promote value creation for platforms (without stifling innovation) while addressing potential competitive harms?
What have we learned in academic research empirically in recent years that needs to be brought to bear in policy discussions on platforms?
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.
Michael Grenfell, Executive Director, Competition and Markets Authority (UK)
Reiko Aoki, Commissioner, Japan Fair Trade Commission
Matthew Boswell, Commission, Competition Bureau of Canada;
Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner, Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch;
Anthony Durocher, Deputy Commissioner, Competition Promotion Branch