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Automatically renewable contracts hamper switching to competitors
E.CA Compact
2012
telecoms, switching

On behalf of Ofcom, E.CA and Gregory Crawford empirically analysed the impact of BT's automatically renewable contracts on customer switching behaviour between telecom providers. Accounting for a variety of confounding factors, including tenure, bundling, price discounts and self-selection into contracts, it was found that households on automatically renewable contracts switch 35% less often than comparable households on standard contracts. In light of these findings Ofcom decided to prohibit these contracts in the fixed-line voice and boradband sectors for residential and small-business customers.

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Are EC State aid rules compatible with attracting airlines through rebates?
E.CA Compact
2012
state aid, rebates

Operating an airport profitably means generating sufficient traffic to cover operation costs at a margin which allows recovering fixed costs in the long run. Thus, airports often incentivise the opening of new routes or the establishing of hub status by individual airlines through rebate schemes. State-owned airports face the challenge to self-assess whether those rebates are in compliance with EC State aid rules. This note illustrates a simple but robust technique for such a self-assessment.

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Annotation: Van Drie/Alpuro (in Dutch)
Markt & Mededinging, december 2011, nr. 6, pp. 245-248
Paul de Bijl
2011
competition law

 

The role of anchor tenants in the market definition of retail rental space
E.CA Compact
2011
market definition, shopping centre

Recent merger decisions in Poland and France have found product markets that are narrower than in any previous decision. In their analysis, the authorities focussed on supply-side characteristics. This generally leads to relevant markets that are narrower than those reached by applying the logic of the hypothetical monopolist test.

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The Handbook of Competition Economics 2012 - Germany (country chapter)
In: C. Campbell (Ed.), The Handbook of Competition Economics 2012. Nottinghamshire: Encompass Print Solutions.
Dennis Beling
2011
competition, economics

An extract from The Handbook of Competition Economics 2012- a Global Competition Review special report – www.GlobalCompetitionReview.com.

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The German Cement Cartel case and the trade-off between accuracy and practicality
Concurrences 1: 24-26.
2011
cement, cartel
Strabag/Lafarge – critical customer approach and other methods
Presentation at the ACE Annual Conference on 17-18 November in Bergen, Norway.
2011
merger, construction, market definition
Quantification of harm to competition by national courts and competition agencies
Background note for the OECD Secretariat to the Competition Committee (FR).
Elisabeth Fugger
2011
quantification of harm, OECD
Quantification of harm to competition by national courts and competition agencies
Background note for the OECD Secretariat to the Competition Committee (EN).
Elisabeth Fugger
2011
quantification of harm, OECD
Pros and cons of net neutrality - Assessment of a sustainable Internet business model for the near future
Presentation at the ETNO Meeting, at the Deutsche Telekom representation in Berlin on 18 March 2011.
2011
internet, net neutrality

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