Thursday, February 7, 2008
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
The 2008 Annual Conference will explore the boundaries of competition policy, and the appropriate balance between regulation and competition, both in general terms and using examples from particular sectors. The object of the conference is to use insights from leading economists, legal scholars and political scientists to understand where the application of competition policy is constrained or may need to be tempered. Similarly it will identify how other objectives may be affected by the application of competition policy.
Much of the Centre's work is devoted to analysing condition in which Competition Policy can flourish and improve welfare. This conference extends that perspective by identifying limits to competition policy, both intrinsically because of internal ambiguities, and in interaction with other social or economic objectives.
Confirmed speakers at the 2008 Conference include Jim Bushnell (University of California Energy Institute, USA), Andrew Scott (London School of Economics), Howard Shelanski (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Cosmo Graham (University of Leicester), John Panzar (Northwestern University, Illinois, USA), Yves Smeers (University of Leuven, Belgium), Severin Borenstein (University of California, Berkeley, USA), Antonio Estache (Universite Libre de Bruxelles), Michael Grubb (University of Cambridge), Ruth Hancock (University of East Anglia), and Joe Farrell (University of California, Berkeley).