2021 Baxt

2021 Baxt Lecture

The 12th Annual Baxt Lecture

Tuesday 16 November 2021

A Web of Paradoxes: Empirical evidence on online platform users and implications for competition and regulation in digital markets

Lecture by Professor Pinar Akman


This lecture presented some of the main findings from a large-scale empirical study in which over 11,000 consumers from ten countries in five continents were surveyed about their use, perceptions, and understanding of online platform services. The study provides data that can inform evidence-based policy-making and enforcement choices in digital markets, in particular concerning competition and regulation therein. Based on the empirical findings, the lecture will provide insights that can contribute to improving regulatory, enforcement, and policy solutions that are currently debated around the world with the aim of improving competition in digital markets.


Professor Pinar Akmam

Professor Pinar Akmam is Director at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance, University of Leeds (UK). Pınar Akman is a Professor of Law specialising in competition law at the University of Leeds (UK), where she is also a Director at the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence on Digital Governance. She is the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize for her research into competition law in the digital economy. Professor Akman has advised and/or provided expertise to numerous organisations including the IMF, European Parliament, House of Lords, and World Economic Forum.

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