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Pharmaceutical innovation and pricing regulation - An economic assessment
Presentation at Novartis: Workshop on The Forms of Pharmaceutical Regulation and Their Influence on Innovation in the Health System, Prague on 13 January 2011.
2011
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Mixed bundling in merger control
E.CA Compact
2011
Art. 102 TFEU, merger

Many Article 102 TFEU cases have shown that the analysis of exclusionary behaviour is tricky - even after the conduct has taken place. The analysis of conglomerate effects such as tying and bundling in merger control is even more challenging: it requires analysing the potential harm from an ex ante perspective. This note considers the question of anti-competitive effects of mixed bundling in a merger of two regional newspapers as an example. It shows a simple technique based on advertising expenditure data that identifies a limited set of potentially harmed competitors.

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Kooperation zum Bau neuer Glasfasernetze - Wettbewerbsökonomische Beurteilung für Swisscom, ewz, ewb und die Stadt St. Gallen
ESMT Competition Analysis Final Report.
Lars Wiethaus
2011
cooperation, telecommunications, regulation
Kooperation zum Bau neuer Glasfasernetze - Wettbewerbsökonomische Beurteilung
Presentation at economiesuisse: Seminar FTTH Glasfaser, Zurich, on 14 June 2011.
Lars Wiethaus
2011
telecommunications, cooperation
Is self-supply in the relevant market?
E.CA Compact
2011
self supply, market share

Vertically integrated firms supply upstream goods to their own downstream units (self-supply). At the same time non-integrated upstream firms may supply the upstream good to independent down-stream firms (third party sales). Should only third party sales constitute the market when calculating market share thresholds in State aid control, or should self-supply also be considered? This note shows that the presence of self-supply may significantly reduce the downward pressure on prices that can result from a State aid-induced output expansion. If so, self-supply should be considered in market definition.

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Informationsaustausch
Presentation on the law and economics of information exchange at the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht in Munich, 18 October 2011.
2011
information, exchange
Defining product markets for shopping centers - Thoughts on methodological choices
ESMT No. WP-11-02.
Lars-Hendrik Röller
2011
market definition, shopping center, externalities, characteristic approach
Defining Product Markets for Retail Rental Space: Thoughts on Methodological Choices
European Competition Journal 7 (3): 421-431.
Lars-Hendrik Röller
2011
market definition, shopping center, externalities, characteristic approach
Cost benefit analysis of regulation
E.CA Compact
2011
motor vehicle block exemption, MVBER

When reviewing the costs and benefits of sector specific block exemptions, the European Commission and other evaluating bodies often face the problem of quantifying the costs resulting from the responses of market participants to changes in the legal framework. However, cost quantification can be avoided if there is convincing evidence that the pro-competitive effects are limited. This note proposes a simple technique to identify such evidence in the context of multi-branding in the distribution of vehicles (Motor Vehicle Block Exemption Regulation).

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Competitive assessment of price cycles in German retail gasoline markets
Presentation at the ACE Annual Conference on 17-18 November, 2011 in Bergen, Norway.
Dennis Beling
2011
price cycles, gasoline

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