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Competition policy in modern retail markets
Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, Oxford University Press, November 2015
2015
externalities, cross-channel shopping, competition law, retail competition

Hans W. Friederiszick and Ela Glowicka published an article on the Journal of Antitrust Enforcement. The article maps out the alignment of characteristics of products targeted by recent antitrust enforcement in Europe with the likelihood of free-rider effects taking place. Specifically in the case of products with search and experience characteristics, intensive enforcement activity despite prevalent free-riders were found.

 

Competition policy in modern retail markets
Hidden Efficiencies: The Relevance of Business Justifications in Abuse of Dominance Cases
Journal of Competition Law & Economics, August 2015
2015
European competition policy, Abuse of dominance, efficiency defence

Abstract: This article assesses the relevance of efficiencies and other justifications in recent Article 102 TFEU cases. Based on a review of all EU decisions and openings between 2009 and mid-2013, we find that procompetitive justifications still play an unsatisfactory role in the EU Commission’s evaluations, except in IT-related abuse cases. This stands in contrast to the policy goals expressed during the reform phase (from 2005 to 2009), the Guidance Paper, and the increasing relevance of efficiency considerations in merger proceedings. We argue that this development is due to a malfunctioning of the balancing test—that is, the weighting of pro- and anticompetitive effects, as pro- and anticompetitive effects are often non-separable and non-monotone in Article 102 TFEU cases. Policy options are discussed, and it is argued that a fully integrated analysis is the only policy option fully addressing the problem.

 

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A Fleet Without a Captain? Taking Stock of European Antitrust Litigation Post EU Directive
CPI Antitrust Chronicle, January 2015 (1)
2015
antitrust, EU Directive, litigation
Upward Pricing Pressure Analysis: Critical Issues in Recent Applications
Journal of European Competition Law & Practice (2015) 6, 48-53.
Lars Wiethaus
2015
UPP, merger assessment, merger simulation, SIEC - Test
Environmental Taxation and Redistribution Concerns
FinanzArchiv / Public Finance Analysis 70, June 2014, pp. 249-277(29)
2014
The economics of competition
The EC Law of Competition, ed. J. Faull and A. Nikpay, Oxford: Oxford University Press
L. Peeperkorn
2014
competition, economics
Signalling Rivalry and Quality Uncertainty in a Duopoly
Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, (2014), DOI 10.1007/s10842-014-0178-0
Helmut Bester
2014
quality uncertainty, signalling, oligopoly, price competition
A price concentration study on European mobile telecom markets
ESMT Working Paper No. WP-14-07.
Pauline Affeldt
2014
price concentration study, mobile, wireless, merger control, efficiencies
Mobile telephony mergers: Telefonica/E-plus
12th ACE Annual Conference, 5 December 2014, Mannheim.
2014
UPP, quantitative techniques, efficiencies, merger assessment
Cross-country price comparisons for competitive assessment
2014
retail grocery, food prices

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