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Monday, May 11, 2009

Ex-post Evaluation of Competition Policy

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

This looks like one of the best conferences of the year.

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)
Mannheim, 3 to 4 June 2009
Preliminary Program (as of May 6, 2009)

Timetable for June 3, 2009
9.00-9.15 Welcome
Georg Licht (ZEW, Mannheim)
Effectiveness of competition policy
Chair: Georg Licht (ZEW, Mannheim)

9.15-10.00 Keynote Speech
EVALUATING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPETITION AGENCIES
William Kovacic (Federal Trade Commission)

10.00-10.35 Development and Application of a Methodology for Evaluating the Effectiveness of Competition Policy
Lorenzo Ciari (European University Institute)

10.35-11.00 Coffee Break
Evaluation of competition law and practice
Chair: Patrick Beschorner (ZEW, Mannheim)

11.00-11.35 Evaluation of Swiss Cartel Act
Sven Michal (State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO, Bern)

11.35-12.10 The Design of National Merger Remedies - a Comparative Evaluation of Merger Decisions in 7 European Countries
Thomas Hoehn (PricewaterhouseCoopers and Imperial College Business School, London)

12.10-12.45 Lessons Learnt from the Ex-post Evaluation of the Impact of the Supply of Extended Warranties on Domestic Electrical Goods Order 2005
Fiammetta Gordon (Office of Fair Trading)

12.45-14.00 Lunch Break
Ex-post merger evaluation from competition practice
Chair: Matthew Weinberg (Federal Trade Commission)

14.00-14.35 Ex Post Analysis of the Actual Effects of a Dutch Hospital Merger on Prices – a Case Study
Astrid Severijnen (Netherlands Competition Authority)
Ron Kemp* (Netherlands Competition Authority)

14.35-15.10 Separating the Ex-post Effects of Mergers: an Analysis of Structural Retail Gasoline Market
Gergely Csorba* (Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH) and Institute of Economics (Hungarian Academy of Sciences))
Dávid Farkas (Hungarian Competition Authority (GVH))
Gábor Koltay (DG for Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission and Central European University)

15.10-15.45 Using Mergers to Test a Model of Oligopoly
Matthew C. Weinberg* (Federal Trade Commission)
Daniel Hosken (Federal Trade Commission)

15.45-16.15 Coffee Break
Price and non-price effects of airline mergers
Chair: John Kwoka (Northeastern University)

16.15-16.50 Mergers and Business Models Assimilation: Evidence from Low-Cost Airlines
Paul W. Dobson (Loughborough University)
Claudio A. Piga* (Loughborough University)

16.50-17.25 Dynamic Non-Price Effects of Multimarket Contact: Evidence from an Airline Merger
Volodymyr Bilotkach (University of California, Irvine)

17.25-18.00 The Price Effect of Eliminating Potential Competition: Evidence from an Airline Merger
John Kwoka* (Northeastern University)
Evgenia Shumilkina (Northeastern University)

20.00 Conference Dinner
Timetable for 4 June 2009
Deterrence effects
Chair: Joseph A. Clougherty (WZB, Berlin and CEPR)

9.00-9.35 The Deterrence Effect of Excluding Ringleaders from Leniency Programs
Jesko Herre (University of Cologne)
Alexander Rasch* (University of Cologne)

9.35-10.10 Deterrence of Horizontal Mergers: Empirical Evidence from U.S. Industries
Jo Seldeslachts (WZB, Berlin)
Joseph A. Clougherty* (WZB, Berlin and CEPR)

10.10-10.30 Coffee Break
Cartels
Chair: Maarten P. Schinkel (University of Amsterdam, ACLE, ENCORE and CEPR)

10.30-11.05 Private Enforcement of Competition Law - an Empirical Study from Germany
Sebastian Peyer (ESRC Centre for Competition Policy & Norwich Law School, University of East Anglia)

11.05-11.40 Analysis of Cartel Duration: Evidence from EC Prosecuted Cartels
Oindrila De (Center of Competition Policy and University of East Anglia)

11.40-12.15 Using Accounting Data in Cartel Damage Calculations - Blessing or Menace?
Johannes Paha (Justus-Liebig-University Giessen)

12.15-13.30 Lunch
Methodologies of merger enforcement assessment
Chair: Kai Hüschelrath (ZEW, Mannheim and WHU, Vallendar)

13.30-14.15 Keynote Speech
EX-POST EVALUATION METHODOLOGIES OF COMPETITION ENFORCEMENT
Stephen Davies (Center of Competition Policy and University of East Anglia)

14.15-14.35 Coffee Break
Theory of ex-post evaluation
Chair: Marco Ottaviani (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)

14.35-15.10 Exclusive Dealing: the Interaction between Foreclosure and Investment Promotion
Chiara Fumagalli (Univ. Bocconi, Milano and CEPR)
Massimo Motta (European University Institute, Univ. Di Bologna and CEPR)
Thomas Rønde* (University of Copenhagen and CEPR)

15.10-15.45 Market Dominance and Behaviour-Based Pricing under Horizontal and Vertical Differentiation
Thomas Gehrig (University of Freiburg and CEPR)
Oz Shy (University of Haifa, WZB, and University of Michigan)
Rune Stenbacka* (Hanken School of Economics)

15.45-16.20 Approval Regulation with Learning: Ex Ante or Ex Post Merger Control?
Marco Ottaviani* (Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University)
Abraham L. Wickelgren (Northwestern University School of Law)

16.20 Farewell
Kai Hüschelrath (ZEW, Mannheim and WHU, Vallendar)
+ Drinks
* denotes presenter

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