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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.


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.

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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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May 2017: Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz confirmed as KEK expert once again

At their meeting on 16 March 2017, the prime ministers of the States (Länder) confirmed Prof. Dr. Ralf Müller-Terpitz as an expert for the Kommission zur Ermittlung der Konzentration im Medienbereich (KEK) for five more years. Professor Müller-Terpitz is a member of the commission since 2009, inter alia as chairman and deputy chairman.

As a body of the state media authorities in Germany, the KEK has the task to ensure diversity in the media. Therefore, the commission monitors concentration developments within the national TV market and adjacent media-related markets. For a better integration of its media related expertise and due to its close contact to competition law, the federal legislator also envisages a closer cooperation between the KEK and the Federal Cartel Office in its 9th GWB-Amendment that will soon come into force. In the future, the KEK shall also be heard before granting a ministerial approval for mergers in the TV market.

The KEK consists of six independent experts and six directors of the state media authorities. The body of experts comprises professors for media law and media economics, two lawyers and one auditor.