In this seminar you (and a possible partner) will chose a competition case investigated by the European Commission. Your task is to present this case, to analyse it and discuss it from an economic point of view.
This seminar is available for all students of a bachelors course in Wirtschaftswissenschaften, Wirtschaftsmathematik, Wirtschaftsphysik and Wirtschaftschemie. If you are a student of a master course, you may have a look at the seminar advanced topics in competition policy.
This seminar will be done in teams of two. You may chose your partner as you wish. If you refrain from doing so, we will group you.
Find, choose and register a case
- Here you can find an overview about the antitrust cases of the European Commission and additional important basics: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/antitrust/overview_en.html
- To find a case start with the following webpage of the European Commission, where you can find settled competition cases: http://ec.europa.eu/competition/elojade/isef/index.cfm?clear=1&policy_area_id=1
- It is possible to search for several criteria. I advice the following settings:
- Under "Policy Area" choose "Antitrust / Cartels" (From an economic point of view the antitrust cases are the more interesting ones)
- In the field "Document Type" under "Antitrust Advanced Search" check the following lines: "Commitment Decisions" all three lines with "Prohibitions Decisions". This way you find cases in which a certain kind of anti-competitive behavior has been prohibited or the European Commission imposed additional requirements on the companies.
- Afterwards press "Search"
- Now you see a list with several competition cases. The name of the case typically contains the names of one or more involved companies. By pressing the button "Show Details", you see a list with corresponding documents. The elaborate decision can typically be found in the document "Commitment Decisions" or "Prohibitions Decisions". In some cases the documents are multilingual (e.g. if a German company is involved, a German transcript is typically provided), while in other cases only English documents are attainable.
Note, that you may not use a case out of the list of forbidden cases: http://goo.gl/E0gZdp. You may neither use cases which are discussed in the Motta (see literature). This explicitely holds for the case of Lagnese-Iglo and General-Electric. Additionally you should not use cases which are virtually identical or very similar to cases you may not use. To be safe, you should send an E-Mail to Martin Kies including a link to the case and a short (selfwritten) summary about it. Naturally you should also refrain from using a case which is already taken (https://goo.gl/IXPy3S).
- On the Webpage of the European Commission you can find a link to a data base with older competition cases, with some of them are being pretty interesting. http://ec.europa.eu/competition/antitrust/cases/index.html
- Regarding older cases, you should stick to those marked as "Commitment Decisions" or "Prohibitions Decisions".
- The length of the decision varies significantly between 10 and up to 500 pages. If you pick a very long case, as the big Intel case, you should focus on certain parts of the case, both in presentation and thesis.
- Upon deciding which case you want to analyze, please register via the following form: http://goo.gl/dDR58q
Each participant is required to have at least one appointment with us. This appointment has to be at least four weeks prior to the date of the presentation. At this meeting you have to explain us your current concept regarding the chosen competition case.
Lecturer: (Prof. Dr. Sebastian Kranz)
Requirements to get credits
In order to successfully complete the seminar, to you have to do a presentation of your competition case and a subsequent discussion.
Regarding the presentation:
- 50% - 75% Description of the case and the decision: Explain well the main aspects and background
- 25% - 50% Own contribution
- A contribution that goes beyond the description of the content of the EU commission's decisions
- Brief description of an economic model dealing with one aspect of the cases (e.g. exclusive dealing, predatory pricing, bundling & tying, price discrimination, cartel formation, etc) and discussion in how far the assumptions of the model fit to the current case and what the implication for the case are. Motta's textbook (see below) can be very helpful and https://scholar.google.com/ can be very helpful.
- Last slide: A statement or question to the audience that can be used as starting point of a discussion
The presentation including the discussion should last around 45 minutes. More detailed information can be found in this guideline.
Basic Literature with economic background information
- Motta. M. (2004): “Competition Policy: Theory and Practice”, Cambridge University Press, especially chapter 6 and 7
- Gual et. al. (2005): „Report by the EAGCP: An economic approach to Article 82” http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/competition/economist/eagcp_july_21_05.pdf
- European Commission (2005): „Staff Discussion Paper on the Application of Article 82“ http://ec.europa.eu/competition/antitrust/art82/discpaper2005.pdf
- European Commission (2009): "Erläuterungen zu den Prioritäten der Kommission bei der Anwendung von Artikel 82 des EG-Vertrags auf Fälle von Behinderungsmissbrauch durch marktbeherrschende Unternehmen" http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:C:2009:045:0007:0020:DE:PDF
Competition Cases of the European Commission