E.CA Economics Expert Forum - Brussels

E.CA Economics Expert Forum

Pricing Strategies and Competition Law & Economics
12 October 2012, Hotel Le Châtelain, Brussels

Pricing strategies are one of the most hotly debated areas of competition law and economics. With firms being faced with tighter financial constraints and policy makers shifting focus to end consumer goods, pricing related dominance cases are in their heyday. But in which circumstances is a low price strategy pro-competitive; where is it anti-competitive? Do margin squeeze provisions offer an easy way to catch offenders? Do we need excessive pricing cases for collectively dominant firms as a complement to cartel investigations? And what is the Commission’s policy regarding vertical price restraints such as retail price maintenance or most favoured nation clauses? These questions were discussed with a high-level panel of policy stakeholders and economists.

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