What drives academic writings in competition law and economics?

Are academic writings in competition law and economics driven by the (pecuniary) interest of commentators? Wouter Wils raised this important question in his instant classic on the Intel judgment. He speculated that the popularity of the so-called ‘more economic approach’ might be driven by an attempt of practitioners and practice-oriented academics to feed their own business and to re-shape the law in a manner that is advantageous to their (generally large and powerful) clients – and at the expense of smaller businesses and consumers. This intuition has recently been explored by Jan Broulik in a working paper. He comes to the conclusion that, indeed, it is plausible that scholarly commentators are driven by self-interest.


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