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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.

Current Call for Papers

Upcoming MaCCI Annual Conference 2017

Call for Papers

MaCCI Annual Conference 2017

Upcoming ICT Conference June 23-24, 2017

Call for Papers


December 2016: MaCCI Senior Member Michelle Sovinsky Receives ERC Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) supports only the top researchers from anywhere in the world with very generous funding. 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.

November 2016: MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on Cartel Damages in Europe

Margaret Levenstein during her keynote lecture

On November 10 and 11, 2016 the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim jointly organised the Annual MaCCI Law and Economics Conference. More than 50 participants from both academia and practice attended this year’s event that focused on the EU Directive on Antitrust Damages Actions in general and the challenges in implementing it into the respective national laws in particular. 

Highlights of the conference were the two keynote lectures by Margaret Levenstein (University of Michigan, USA) and Wouter Wils (European Commission and King’s College, UK).