Antitrust & Competition Policy Blog

Editor: D. Daniel Sokol
University of Florida
Levin College of Law

Monday, January 17, 2011

Enter the 2011 NYSBA Section of Antitrust Law $5,000 Annual Law Student Writing Competition

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol


Antitrust Law Students:

Submit now to the NYSBA Section of Antitrust Law 

Annual Law Student Writing Competition


$5,000 cash prize and publication of the winning article


How to Enter:

1.)  Eligible articles must be written by a currently-

      enrolled J.D. or LL.M. student at a New York State

      Law School or by a New York State resident at any

      ABA-accredited law school outside of New York


2.) Eligible papers include seminar papers, as well

      as notes, comments and articles prepared for law

      journals and should generally be 20-30 pages in

      length, with footnotes. In no event may papers

      exceed 50 pages, with footnotes. Papers must be

      in proper Bluebook form.  Papers which have been

      submitted to other writing competitions are eligible.




5.) Go to the Antitrust Section on the NYSBA website

     and click on the "Young Lawyers and Law

     Students" section and download an Entry Form.

     Submit the paper electronically in PDF format,

     along with a completed Entry Form, by April 30,

     2011 to:


Professor Edward D. Cavanagh

St. John’s University School of Law

8000 Utopia Parkway

Queens, NY  11439

Winners and Awards:

If you have questions, contact Prof. Edward D. Cavanagh at 718 990-6621 or at

3.) Eligible papers may address any antitrust topic 

      including topics relating to civil and criminal

      antitrust law, intellectual property and antitrust law,

      competition policy, regulatory policy, consumer

      protection, international competition law and state

      antitrust enforcement.


  4.) Jointly prepared papers are not eligible.



The winner will be announced in May 2011 and will receive a check for $5,000 and an offer of publication on the New York State Bar Antitrust Section website.

Log on at

Go to 'Student Writing Competition'


January 17, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Job Opening: New Zealand Competition Policy | Senior/Policy Analyst

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

We are looking for an experienced Policy Advisor to join our Competition, Trade and Investment Branch, where you will have responsibility for providing high quality policy advice in relation to competition policy.  The team is responsible for the Commerce Act, providing advice across government on the competition implications of regulatory proposals, monitoring the Commerce Commission and developing the competition chapters of free trade agreements. There is the opportunity to be involved in all these aspects of our work.

We are looking for someone ideally with a background in competition, however if this is not your field of expertise, then we will value your ability to learn new things quickly and your desire to go beyond the limits of your knowledge.  You could be a lawyer or economist in the competition field wanting to move more into policy or a Policy Analyst who is keen to shift into a new area.  No matter what your background, this position will give you exposure to a broad range of issues and you can look forward to further developing your skill set.

MED is committed to career development and offers a supportive learning environment. Our employees are encouraged to move throughout the Ministry to work with other teams, branches and stakeholders to develop the breadth and depth of their knowledge and skills. This in turn, enables our organisation to respond quickly to new priorities and maintain our reputation for delivering results.

Applications close 1 February 2011

For further information or enquiries please contact Amanda Wray, Tel: 04-474 2983.

The full role description for the Senior Policy Analyst is available here. We suggest you print the job description for your information as once this role closes you will no longer have access to this.

Please click here to download and view this additional information.

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Sales, Quantity Surcharge, and Consumer Inattention

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Sofronis Clerides, University of Cyprus and Pascal Courty, University of Victoria have written on Sales, Quantity Surcharge, and Consumer Inattention.

ABSTRACT: Quantity surcharges occur when firms market a product in two sizes and offer a promotion on the small size: the large size then costs more per unit than the small one. When quantity surcharges occur the sales of the large size decrease only slightly despite the fact that the small size is a cheaper option - a clear arbitrage opportunity. This behavior is consistent with the notion of rationally inattentive consumers that has been developed in models of information frictions. We discuss implications for consumer decision making, demand estimation, and firm pricing.

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Airline alliances, antitrust immunity and market foreclosure

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Volodymyr Bilotkach and Kai Hüschelrath (WZB) discuss Airline alliances, antitrust immunity and market foreclosure.

ABSTRACT: This paper examines the issue of market foreclosure by airline partnerships with antitrust immunity. Overlapping the data on frequency of service and passenger volumes on nonstop routes on the transatlantic airline market with the information on dynamics of airline partnerships, we find evidence consistent with the airlines operating under antitrust immunity refusing to accept connecting passengers from the carriers outside of the partnership at respective hub airports. When an airline partnership is granted antitrust immunity, airlines outside this partnership end up reducing their traffic to the partner airlines' hub airports by 2.6-8.5 percent (depending on the specification and estimation technique involved). Our results suggest ambiguous welfare effects of antitrust immunity on some markets, where previous studies indicated airline consolidation should benefit consumers.

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Sunday, January 16, 2011

On the Move: Wentong Zheng from Buffalo to the University of Florida

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

I am thrilled to report that joining our law faculty next fall laterally from Buffalo Law is Wentong Zheng (Ph.D., Stanford University, 2005; J.D., Stanford University, 2005; M.A., Renmin University of China, 1998; B.A., Renmin University of China, 1995).  Wentong is one of the most insightful scholars writing on Chinese competition law and policy.

Among his works on the Chinese AML are:

Transplanting Antitrust in China: Economic Transition, Market Structure, and State Control, 32 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Economic Law 643 (2010).

China's Competition Policy Reforms: The Anti-Monopoly Law and Beyond (with Bruce M. Owen and Su Sun) Antitrust Law Journal vol. 75: 231-65 (2008)

Antitrust in China: The Problem of Incentive Compatibility (with Bruce M. Owen and Su Sun) Journal of Competition Law & Economics vol. 1: 123-48 (2005)

Wentong also writes in the area of trade, criminal law and law and economics more generally.

With the addition of Wentong, this increases the UF antitrust law group to four- Wentong, myself, Bill Page and Jeff Harrison.  We also have Roger Blair and David Sappington in our economics department.

January 16, 2011 | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)