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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.

MaCCI Law and Economics Conference 6-7 November 2017


MaCCI Annual Conference 8-9 March 2018

The Call for Papers will be available soon.


October 2017: MaCCI Board Members Peitz and Wambach at the Inaugural Meeting of the Work Group Competition Economics at the German Cartel Office

MaCCI members Martin Peitz and Achim Wambach were invited to the new working group on competition economics at the German Cartel Office, Germany’s competition authority. In a one-day event, they discussed recent decisions by the German Cartel Office, together with seven other economists from academia, the president of the German Cartel Office Andreas Mundt, and members from the economics group of the Cartel Office headed by chief economist Arno Rasek.

More information at the German Cartel Office

October 2017: MaCCI Workshop with German Ministry for Economics on the Institutional Design of a framework for the digital economy

In September 2015, a team of 7 MaCCI members and 2 external cooperation partners was selected to provide expert opinions on a regulatory framework for the digital economy for the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Multiple policy events taking place at the premises of the ministry in Berlin and Bonn are substantial to the two year project. On October 5, 2017, an important workshop on possible institutional designs for the digital economy took place in Berlin. MaCCI Senior Member Thomas Fetzer organized the workshop and was the moderator for two panel discussions. In a first round Fetzer discussed with Members of the Deutsche Bundestag what priorities the new government should set for its digital agenda. In a second panel discussion Fetzer debated inter alia with the President of the German Cartel Office Andreas Mundt and the President of the German National Regulatory Agency Jochen Homann whether there is a need for a new Digital Agency as suggested by the white paper „Digital Platforms“ by the Federal Ministry.

September 2017: Several Mannheim Competition Policy Forum Events

The Mannheim Competition Policy Forum (MCPF) seminar series, which was founded in September 2008, is providing a platform for the discussion of recent cases, general competition policy issues, and relevant academic research in the field. Renowned practitioners and academics have been presenting their views on cases and general policy questions.

Starting from its 10th academic year, the series is formally integrated in the competition and regulation tracks of master programs for law and economics students at the University of Mannheim. This autumn, the presenters are Thomas Fetzer (21 September), Peter Abegg (5 October), Armin Schmutzler (19 October), Dragan Jovanovic (2 November), Pierre Regibeau (16 November) and Giulio Federico (30 November).

July 2017: 19th ZEW Summer Workshop for Young Economists

From July 24-27, 2017, the 19th ZEW Summer Workshop for Young Economists took place. This event is organized annually, but the topic changes according to the organizing unit and thus the workshop is not always part of the MaCCI schedule. However, in 2017 the organizing ZEW research groups were “Competition and Regulation” and “Market Design” and thus the event was able to attract many promising young researchers in the MaCCI field. The workshop featured the Heinz-König award, a EUR 5000 best paper award named after the ZEW founding director. This year, the price was jointly awarded to Jiekai Zhang (CREST and ENSAE Paris) and Bernhard Kasberger (University of Vienna). Both winners will return to Mannheim for a research stay.

Long Report


June 2017: 15th ICT Conference with Hal Varian and Steve Tadelis

On June 23-24, 2017, the 15th ZEW Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Communication Technologies took place. Being one the earliest ICT conferences still held, the event again attracted a number of high-profile attendees, including keynote speakers Hal Varian (University of California, Berkeley and Chief Economist at Google) and Steve Tadelis (University of California, Berkeley and VP Economist of Amazon Inc.).


June 2017: MaCCI Researchers Active at Summer Workshops

From June 12-16, 2017, the 7th MaCCI Summer Institute on Competition Policy took place in Romrod Castle, Germany. The workshop hosted a small group of leading competition economists and discussed recent advances in the academic literature. MaCCI was represented by eight of its most experienced members.

One week earlier, many of MaCCI’s doctoral students took the opportunity to participate in the Competition Innovation Summer School (CISS) that was held in Orosei, Italy. CISS is organized by the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics, EPFL Lausanne, KU Leuven, University of Luxemburg and ZEW.

Programme MaCCI Summer Institute

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