Latest blog articles by Niels Philipsen

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    Why AI-enabled price discrimination is not always undesirable: lessons from law and economics

    10 June 2022
    Digitalization has gradually changed business models and reshaped human lifestyles. The rise of business models based on the collection and processing of consumer data allows undertakings to charge business customers and final consumers different prices for the same goods or services, offered at precisely the same time. This technique, which is called “AI-enabled price discrimination”, has deeply affected people’s daily life. For example, when ordering the same hotel room on the same Chinese website at precisely the same time, a loyal customer was charged more...
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    Splitting up Big Tech companies? Let’s think about the consequences!

    11 February 2022
    Recently I was interviewed by Dutch news radio station BNR on the question whether there are legal or economic arguments to split up Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft. Because the interview was short, I could not give a truly balanced answer. Rather, from my Law & Economics background, I chose to bring some lesser-known nuances to the debate, arguing that splitting up Big Tech companies may not be the best solution to the underlying problems.
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    The importance of academic collaboration with China

    8 April 2021
    Recently there has been a strong wave of anti-China sentiments expressed in the media and within certain political circles, both in the United States and within the European Union. The Netherlands has been no exception to this.
  • Brexit and the Economics of Federalism

    Brexit and the Economics of Federalism

    4 February 2019
    With Brexit, Yellow Jackets and EU-scepticism dominating the news and everyday discussions, I would like to direct our blog readers’ attention to some of the lessons that law and economics can offer to the (polarizing) debate on the future of the EU.