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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.


September 2016: Programme for MaCCI Law and Economics Conference Available

MaCCI is pleased to announce the upcoming Law and Economics Conference on “Cartel Damages in Europe: The New Framework after the Directive” on November 10 and 11, 2016, in Mannheim. The conference will provide an international platform for exchange and discussion between academic researchers and practitioners in public authorities, legal counsel, and economic consultancies.

Internationally recognized experts in the fields will address recent developments with regard to the law on cartel damages in the EU. The scheduled topics include:

  • The Impact of the Directive – The Big Picture
  • Quantification of Damages
  • Reconciling Leniency and Cartel Damages Actions
  • Passing-on Defence and Standing of Indirect Purchasers
  • Making Cartel Damages Law in Europe: Between Centralized and Decentralized Rulemaking

We are particularly delighted to announce keynote speeches by Professor Margaret Levenstein (University of Michigan) and Professor Wouter Wils (EU Commission and King's College London).

Download the detailed programme (as PDF, 351 KB)

The MaCCI Law and Economics Conference is organized for the sixth time since the inaugural edition in 2011. It is our ambition to stimulate and disseminate research in the field of competition, regulation, and innovation policy. We gratefully acknowledge financial support from Gleiss Lutz for this year’s annual law and economics conference.

The registration deadline is October 25, 2016. Please register via our XING registration.

August 2016: MaCCI Participates with Large Delegation at EARIE

As every year, the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) held its annual conference in the end of August. This year, it took place in Lisbon (Portugal) from 26-28 August with Nova School of Business and Economics being the host. MaCCI members successfully applied for 15 presentation slots at this important conference. Our speakers were Kai Hüschelrath, Martin Peitz, Michelle Sovinsky, Konrad Stahl (all MaCCI Senior Members), Sven Heim, Ulrich Laitenberger, Kathleen Nosal, Bettina Peters, Dominik Schober, Nicolas Schutz, Chengsi Wang (all MaCCI Junior Members), Johannes Dittrich, Niklas Dürr, Michael Hellwig and Christoph Wolf (all MaCCI Doctoral Students). MaCCI is looking forward to send many of its researchers to the 2017 edition of EARIE in Maastricht as well. MaCCI Senior Member Volker Nocke was elected to be the scientific chair for that year. He is becoming a successor of fellow MaCCI Senior Member Michelle Sovinsky, who had the honor of being the scientific chair in 2015.

June 2016: MaCCI Summer Institute

In its 2016 edition the MaCCI Summer Institute provided opportunities for MaCCI researchers and international scholars to interact on various competition policy issues. These included business practices such as exclusive dealing, non-linear pricing, and minimum advertised price, competition in two-sided markets, and competition policy regarding patent pools.


June 2016: MaCCI Senior Member Thomas Fetzer Provides Expert Opinion in German Parliament

On June 8, 2016, the transport board of the German Bundestag discussed a proposed new law that intends to facilitate the expansion of digital high-speed networks in Germany. As MaCCI conducted extensive research on the subject, Professor Thomas Fetzer was asked to provide an expert opinion and thus help policymakers to implement effective new provisions. The public hearing took place at the seat of the German parliament in Berlin.

More information (in German)