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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 Annual Conference 8-9 March 2018

Call for Papers
Deadline for Submissions: 18 December 2017


December 2017: MaCCI Researchers Part of a new Collaborative Research Center Starting January 2018

The Collaborative Research Center (CRC) TR 224, a cooperation of the University of Bonn and the University of Mannheim has been approved by the DFG (German Research Foundation). The CRC Transregio addresses three key societal challenges, including how to promote the equality of opportunity; how to regulate markets in light of the internationalization and digitalization of economic activity; and how to safeguard the stability of the financial system. The distinguishing feature of the CRC Transregio is that it views these challenges as inherently interconnected; its goal is to analyze and provide policy proposals that address them.

The DFG funds the CRC over the next four years with more than nine million euros. Funding can be extended by two further funding periods to a total of 12 years. Sven Rady, Professor of Economics at the University of Bonn and Spokesperson of the CRC stresses that the CRC’s research projects will lead to novel institutional and policy solutions based on the wide-ranging methodological spectrum of expertise in theoretical and empirical economics. Martin Peitz, MaCCI researcher in Mannheim and Deputy Spokesperson of the CRC points out that the CRC will benefit from the strong complementarities between the projects within each pillar, across the three pillars but most importantly also between the two locations, Bonn and Mannheim. As a result, the CRC will be able to generate internationally visible research that highlights economics as a social science addressing societal challenges.

MaCCI researchers figure prominently in the team of principal investigators of the CRC: Andreas Engert, Harald Fadinger, Jens-Uwe Franck, Volker Nocke, Martin Peitz, Michelle Sovinsky, Konrad Stahl, Emanuele Tarantino, Elu von Thadden, Thomas Tröger, and Ulrich Wagner. Many other MaCCI researchers at the doctoral and postdoctoral level are included in the CRC.

December 2017: MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day

The MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day is an interdisciplinary event in which selected doctoral students, postdocs and professors from ZEW and the University of Mannheim present their research to a large and mostly internal audience. On December 1 the 5th edition of the event took place. The event included a MaCCI Lunch to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange between lawyers and economists who work in Mannheim.


November 2017: 7th MaCCI Law and Economics Conference

On November 6 and 7, 2017, the 7th MaCCI Law and Economics Conference took place at the ZEW in Mannheim. This year the topic was big data. The conference featured a keynote speech of Josef Drexl (MPI Munich), an invited lecture by Alice Hutchings (University of Cambridge), and four panel discussions. This year, the organizers of the event were MaCCI Senior Members Martin Peitz and Thomas Fetzer. About 65 participants from academia, government organizations and private companies attended the event.


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).