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The Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) is a research association of ZEW and the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Mannheim. It receives funding from the State of Baden-Württemberg and the Leibniz Association. MaCCI strengthens the exchange between researchers of law and economics and, thus, gives impetus in terms of competition policy, regulation, and innovation.

Upcoming Mannheim Energy Conference 11-12 May 2017

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Sixth Mannheim Energy Conference

Upcoming Innovation and Patenting Conference 15-16 May 2017

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Innovation and Patenting Conference

Upcoming ICT Conference 23-24 June 2017

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February 2017: Speeches by MaCCI Members Guide Researchers and Practitioners

Whereas MaCCI organizes many topical conferences and workshops itself, part of our mission is also to present the results of our research at other events to researchers and practitioners of other institutions. This also allows us to receive valuable feedback. Of course, it is not possible to list all external presentations given, but two important upcoming presentations should be mentioned here. First, a keynote speech by MaCCI Senior Member Martin Peitz will be the highlight of this year's Swiss IO Day in Bern on 9 June 2017. Secondly, a particularly remarkable achievement is that MaCCI doctoral student Niklas Dürr's paper "Does State Aid for Broadband Deployment in Rural Areas Close the Digital and Economic Divide?" attracted the attention of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of the United States. Niklas will present his paper in Washington D.C. on 5 April 2017. He will be one of the youngest presenters up to date in the renowned series of economic seminar of the FCC.

Further information on the Swiss IO Day

Further information on the FCC's Economic Seminars

January 2017: New Master Programmes on Competition and Regulation

MaCCI is proud to announce the launch of new competition and regulation master programmes for lawyers and economists at the University of Mannheim. The new programmes will start in the academic year 2017/18 with the first acceptances in September 2017. The application deadline for students is 30 April 2017. Both programmes are interdisciplinary, which means that economists will learn about competition law and lawyers will take courses in competition economics. The Mannheim Competition Policy Forum will be an official part of both programmes and enables the students to get in touch with prospective employers. Those include specialized law firms, economic consultancies, and governmental institutions like ministries, the European Commission, competition authorities and regulatory agencies. In addition, MaCCI is also looking forward to recruit future doctoral students from the programme.

Details on the Master Programme in Competition and Regulation Economics

Details on the Master Programme in Competition and Regulation Law

December 2016: MaCCI Senior Member Michelle Sovinsky Receives ERC Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) supports top researchers based in Europe with very generous funding to focus on their research. Receiving an ERC grant therefore is not only a financial achievement but also a great recognition of a researcher's previous work. Michelle Sovinsky, who joined MaCCI in 2015, will use the grant to continue her research on illegal markets. Illegal markets make up a significant part of the world economy, with illicit substances and counterfeit markets reaching an annual value of up to $300 billion each. This economic activity, however, remains unobserved due to its criminal character, and is therefore not incorporated into the economic models that policy makers rely on to make ​their decisions. In her ERC grant application, Michelle Sovinsky proposes to develop novel models that would account for unobserved ​economic behaviour. Her research will focus on three yet under-studied spheres: consumption of illicit drugs, counterfeit production, and illegal counter-competitive actions of legal firms. Prof. Sovinsky will propose and test new estimation methods to better analyse each of these three spheres. The research may provide policy makers with useful tools to understand the illicit markets despite their obscure nature.

November 2016: Lawyers and Economists Exchange Ideas in MaCCI Workshops

One of MaCCI’s main ambitions is to promote the exchange between lawyers and economists in the field of competition policy. Therefore, two workshops were organized in the end of November this year: the MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day and the ZEW-MPI Workshop on Private Law and Economics. The MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day is an internal event with presentations from MaCCI members working at ZEW and in both the law and the economics department of the University of Mannheim. For the second workshop, the Max-Planck Institute (MPI) for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg is an important partner. MaCCI and the MPI have taken turns in hosting the joint workshop now over the course of four years.