Competition Economics (26033)

August 12, 2019

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Course Description

This course presents a modern approach to competition economics with an emphasis on selected elements of strategic competition and on European competition policy. The participants are expected to have some knowledge of elementary models associated with the economics of strategy (game theory and oligopoly models). The course will focus on the following issues:

  • the definition of a relevant market
  • horizontal agreements, collusion and the enforcement of cartel laws
  • vertical agreements
  • concerted practices with a particular focus on the exchange of information between competitors
  • evaluations of mergers, in particular horizontal mergers
  • business practices in light of the prohibition to abuse market dominance
  • strategic creation of switching costs and loyalty-enhancing pricing strategies
  • price discrimination with a particular focus on history-based pricing
  • individualized pricing and privacy
  • the relationship between competition policy and sector-specific regulation.

The course is linked to the contemporary legal framework in Europe, but is not a course in competition law. The course will present topical European competition cases and present an overview of the main methods used to evaluate competition policy cases.