Weekly Top 5 Papers – June 11, 2018

1. The Regulation of Language by Yehonatan Givati (Hebrew University of Jerusalem – Faculty of Law)

2. Digital Tulips? Returns to Investors in Initial Coin Offerings by Leonard Kostovetsky(Carroll School of Management, Boston College) and Hugo Benedetti (Boston College – Carroll School of Management)

3. Financing Dies in Darkness? The Impact of Newspaper Closures on Public Finance by Pengjie Gao (University of Notre Dame – Mendoza College of Business) and Chang Lee (University of Illinois at Chicago – Department of Finance) and Dermot Murphy (University of Illinois at Chicago – Department of Finance)

4. What is Program Evaluation? A Beginners Guide (Presentation Slides) by Gene Shackman (The Global Social Change Research Project)

I am hoping this guide may be useful to anyone who wants to know about the very basic ideas and methods of evaluation. Evaluation can be useful, but only if people understand it. I am hoping this will help clients, potential clients, funders, stakeholders, and the public better understand evaluation and a little of how it works. That way, people can have a realistic idea of how it can be used, and how it cannot be used. – Gene Shackman

5. Is Blockchain the Death of Antitrust Law? The Blockchain Antitrust Paradox by Thibault Schrepel (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne)

Blockchain is the biggest challenge faced by competition law (practitioners, companies, academics, agencies & governments) in the last 20 years. This paper follows my OECD hearing on blockchain and antitrust law; I believe that it is the first to study unilateral practices in the light of blockchain.

In the first place, I describe how blockchain function and I review all unilateral practices in the light of this technology and explain how they could be implemented in it. In a second stage, I intend to show why it might kill antitrust law (making it inoperable for technical reasons), deeply challenge middle firms such as Google, Facebook, Uber… and more broadly, reshape your economies and societies. – Thibault Schrepel

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