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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.

May 2017: Special Issue in Review of Network Economics on the Economics of Energy Markets

The Review of Network Economics together with the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) announces a Call for Papers for a Special Issue on the Economics of Energy Markets.

The special issue will cover a broad range of topics which are fundamental to the energy industry. The non-exhaustive list of topics includes competition and regulation in electricity markets, investment in energy infrastructures, instruments to achieve environmental policy goals, energy demand, energy efficiency, and energy innovation.

The call for papers is linked to the Sixth Mannheim Energy Conference (11–12 May 2017) but is also open to other researchers. The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2017.

Call for Papers

January 2017: New Master Programmes on Competition and Regulation

MaCCI is proud to announce the launch of new competition and regulation master programmes for lawyers and economists at the University of Mannheim. The new programmes will start in the academic year 2017/18 with the first acceptances in September 2017. The application deadline for students is 30 April 2017. Both programmes are interdisciplinary, which means that economists will learn about competition law and lawyers will take courses in competition economics. The Mannheim Competition Policy Forum will be an official part of both programmes and enables the students to get in touch with prospective employers. Those include specialized law firms, economic consultancies, and governmental institutions like ministries, the European Commission, competition authorities and regulatory agencies. In addition, MaCCI is also looking forward to recruit future doctoral students from the programme.

Details on the Master Programme in Competition and Regulation Economics

Details on the Master Programme in Competition and Regulation Law

December 2016: MaCCI Senior Member Michelle Sovinsky Receives ERC Grant

The European Research Council (ERC) supports top researchers based in Europe with very generous funding to focus on their research. 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).

November 2016: Thomas Fetzer Heard As Expert on New Telecommunication Regulation Law in German Bundestag

On November, 7, 2016, MaCCI Senior Member Thomas Fetzer provided an expert opinion on proposed changes to German law on the regulation of telecommunication markets for the German parliament, giving important guidance to policymakers. While there were other experts representing for instance companies and consumers, Thomas Fetzer was the only expert from academia who received this honour and opportunity.

Download List of Experts (in German Language, PDF file, 76 KB)

More information (in German Language)

November 2016: MaCCI Workshop with German Ministry for Economics on Approriate Regulation for Telecommunication Industry

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 November 4, 2016, an important workshop on the regulation of telecommunication markets took place in Bonn. MaCCI Senior Member Thomas Fetzer provided a first evaluation of a suggested regulatory changes and discussed for the ongoing legislative process on EU level.

Download Programme (in German Language, PDF file, 464 KB)

October 2016: MaCCI Director Thomas Fetzer Joins International Project on Antitrust Law in China, Europe, and the U.S.

International businesses often face a bewildering variety of laws that vary widely from country to country. With fines in the area of antitrust law sometimes approaching or exceeding $1 billion, global companies are calling for more research into what constitutes good antitrust enforcement practices.

To address these challenges, MaCCI has joined a project led by Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), with Penn Law professors Christopher Yoo and Jonathan Klick, and Wharton professor Joseph Harrington to launch a three-year study comparing antitrust law in China, Europe, and the United States. MaCCI director Professor Thomas Fetzer will examine competition law in the EU. Professor Huang Yong, the Director of the Competition Law Centre of the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE), and Professor Guobin Cui, Director of the Center for Intellectual Property at the Tsinghua University School of Law, will evaluate Chinese anti-monopoly law.

The first year will focus on whether current administrative enforcement practices satisfy the demands of procedural fairness and the rule of law. Financial support for the project is being provided by Google, Microsoft, and Qualcomm.

More information

MaCCI Senior Member Thomas Fetzer Provides Expert Opinion in German Parliament

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, 440 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.

Download Programme (as PDF, 381 KB)

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)

June 2016: 3rd International Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship

On June 6 and 7, the third International Conference on the Dynamics of Entrepreneurship took place at ZEW. About 90 participants enjoyed 39 paper presentations, one panel discussion and four keynote speeches. The two-day conference was the most important MaCCI event for our researchers in the field of innovation.

Conference Website

June 2016: 14th ICT Conference

On June 3 and 4, 2016, ZEW hold its 14th Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies. As in the previous years, the objective of the conference is to discuss recent scientific contributions to the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the economics of ICT industries. The conference is supported by MaCCI.

The programme is now available. It features keynote speeches by Christopher Forman (Georgia Institute of Technology) and Joshua S. Gans (University of Toronto) as well as 37 presentations in parallel sessions.

May 2016: Expert Dialogue on a Regulatory Framework for the Digital Economy Continues

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 are substantial to the two-year-project. After the successful kick-off in February, the second main workshop is taking place on May 30, 2016. Numerous policymakers, researchers, and representatives of different government bodies as well as involved enterprises are participating. MaCCI senior member Thomas Fetzer will chair the discussions.
During, the talk, theses for the green book (a formal summary of the state of the debate) will be presented. Download the underlying report (in German only).

Programme of the workshop

May 2016: 10th CLEEN Workshop in Bonn

Since 2007, MaCCI is a member of the Competition Law and Economics European Network (CLEEN), which hosts a yearly workshop for doctoral students who are interested in the field. In 2016, the second German member of the network, Bonn’s Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods, organized the event in the Gustav-Stresemann-Institute of the former German capital. MaCCI doctoral students Niklas Dürr, Stefan Frübing and Michael Hellwig presented their ongoing research and took the chance to exchange their ideas with other young researchers. 

Programme

May 2016: Mannheim Energy Conference

On May 19 and 20, 2016, the fifth edition of the Mannheim Energy Conference takes place. The final programme is now available. MaCCI is particularly looking forward to keynote speeches by Christophe Gence-Creux (ACER & EU), Steven Puller (Texas A&M University), Nils-Henrik von der Fehr (University of Oslo) and Mar Reguant (Northwestern University). Moreover, 38 papers will be presented in parallel sessions. Last-minute registration is possible here.

Programme

April 2016: Achim Wambach joins MaCCI

ZEW president Wambach joins MaCCI

With his inauguration into the office of ZEW president, Achim Wambach is also joining MaCCI as a Senior Member. Mr Wambach, who is also the chairman of the German monopolies commission, will particularly promote MaCCI’s research activities with respect to market design. Having studied mathematics and holding a PhD in physics, he is strongly supporting interdisciplinary research. There is no doubt that MaCCI will hugely benefit from the support of one of Germany’s most renowned expert on economic and competition policy.

March 2016: Fifth MaCCI Annual Conference at ZEW

William E. Kovacic (King’s College London) discussed the efficiency of competition and regulatory authorities in parallel proceedings.

On March 3 and 4, 2016, the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim jointly organised the fifth annual conference of the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI). About 95 participants, including many renowned researchers and practitioners, attended the event to discuss cutting-edge and highly relevant research issues with regard to competition and innovation from an economic and legal perspective. The three keynote speeches by Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University), Christopher Yoo (University of Philadelphia) and William E. Kovacic (King’s College London) marked the highlights of the conference.

Long Report
Conference Programme

February 2016: MaCCI Presents Meta-Study at German Ministry for Economic Affairs

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 are substantial to the two-year-project. The first main workshop of the expert dialogue series is taking place on February 25, 2016. Numerous policymakers, researchers, and representatives of different government bodies as well as involved enterprises are participating. MaCCI senior member Irene Bertschek will present a meta-study in which the project team reviews the state of plenty digital markets in Germany.

Programme (in German language)

February 2016: Programme for Upcoming MaCCI Annual Conference Published

On March 3-4, 2016, the fifth edition of the MaCCI Annual Conference will take place. The preliminary programme is now available. The organising team of MaCCI is looking forward to many presentations from the field of the industrial organization with a particular focus on competition law and economics. Many excellent researchers and practitioners have already confirmed their participation.

You can still register for the conference. The conference fee of EUR 180 covers conference materials, coffee breaks, and lunch.

Conference website

December 2015: Reminder Call for Papers MaCCI Annual Conference

On March 3-4, 2016, the fifth edition of MaCCI’s Annual Conference will take place. MaCCI is proud to announce William E. Kovacic (George Washington University) and Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University) as keynote speakers.

Researchers and practitioners from the fields of competition law and economics are still encouraged to submit original research papers for the presentation during the contributed sessions of conference. Theoretical, empirical, as well as case-oriented papers are welcome. The deadline for submissions is December 21, 2015.

More information (Call for Papers)

Conference website

November 2015: Interdisciplinary Exchange at MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day

On November 12, 2015, MaCCI organised its third Competition and Regulation Day. This is an internal event which traditionally also includes a general assembly of all MaCCI members. Moreover, there was the opportunity to present current research papers. This year there were eight one-hour presentations. Presentations in the morning were aimed at a law or an economics audience only, whereas the joint programme in the afternoon was aiming for a large interdisciplinary audience. MaCCI members of all experience levels participated actively in the discussion of the promising papers.

Programme

November 2015: Third MPI-ZEW Private Law and Economics Workshop in Hamburg

On 12 November 2015, the third MPI-ZEW Private Law and Economics Workshop took place in Hamburg. Seven researchers from both organizing institutions gave presentations of recent research with an interdisciplinary private law and economics focus. MaCCI was active in the form of presentations by Niklas Dürr, Stefan Frübing and Heinrich Nemeczek. The keynote address was given by Sascha Steffen (ZEW and ESMT) on recent developments in ECB polices. Further information can be found here.

November 2015: MaCCI present at Interdisciplinary ZiF Workshop in Bielefeld

MaCCI senior researcher Kai Hüschelrath gave a presentation at the interdisciplinary workshop “Compliance? Yes, No, Maybe - The Law and Economics of Competition Law Compliance Programs”. The two-day workshop organized by the ZiF Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld and Johannes Paha (University of Gießen) included presentations by lawyers, economists and psychologists. Further information can be found here.

October 2015: Call for Papers MaCCI Annual Conference

From March 3-4, 2016, the fifth edition of the MaCCI Annual Conference will take place. The aim of the conference is to provide a platform for exchange and discussion on topics in competition- and innovation-related research between academic researchers and practitioners in public authorities, legal counsel, and economic consultancies.
In 2016, both days of the conference will be devoted to parallel sessions in which original research papers from all fields of competition law and economics can be presented. The parallel sessions will also include papers on business strategy related to competition, on the intersection between competition and innovation, and on regulated industries. Theoretical, empirical, as well as case-oriented papers are welcome. We especially encourage the submission of papers by lawyers focusing on EU competition and/or comparative competition law. In addition to contributed sessions, there will also be invited section on consumer privacy.

The organizing committee is very much looking forward to your submissions. Please see the attached Call for Papers for details.

October 2015: Erik Kempe Award for Senior MaCCI Member Ulrich Wagner

The 2015 Erik Kempe Award by the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists has been awarded to senior MaCCI member Ulrich Wagner, together with Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muuls und Laure de Preux (all Imperial College London) for their paper "Industry Compensation Under Relocation Risk: A Firm-Level Analysis of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme." The prize is awarded every other year to the best published paper in the field of environmental and resource economics (with at least one of the authors affiliated to a European university).

According to the jury, "Ralf Martin, Mirabelle Muûls, Laure B. de Preux, and Ulrich J. Wagner receive the Erik Kempe Award for a novel and insightful analysis of how compensation to regulated firms should be designed. The study characterizes such a scheme, uses a recently developed data collection strategy, as well as quantifies the importance of designing the compensation scheme in an efficient way. As such, the study contributes significantly to our understanding of – and the solution to – an important economic problem. Furthermore, the analysis and results are not only of value for the academic community; they are also relevant for policy makers globally in their efforts to design cost-effective climate policy through emission trading."

October 2015: Call for Papers MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day

The MaCCI Competition and Regulation Day on November 12, 2015, provides a forum for researchers to present their work related to issues of industrial organisation, competition, and regulation. We invite all researchers to submit papers for consideration.

The objective of the workshop is for MaCCI members to interact and get to know each other’s research. The programme of the conference will consist of a small number of presentations throughout the day with plenty of time for discussion for each paper. As in the previous year, we will have joint sessions involving both lawyers and economists for part of the day. Note that there will also be a general MaCCI assembly.

Please submit your papers via email to macci.io.day@gmail.com by October 15, 2015. In case you are willing to discuss a paper on the day, please also let the organisers, Isis Durrmeyer and Lily Samkharadze, know at the same email address.

October 2015: MaCCI Law and Economics Conference on New Media – Industry Development and Public Policy

From October 22-23, 2015, the fifth edition of the MaCCI Law and Economics took place. The lectures and panel discussions at this event addressed issues of media convergence from an economic and legal point of view. The first day of the conference was devoted to regulatory questions and competition law concerning private media. Tobias Schmid (RTL Media Group), Thomas Langheinrich (Media Broadcasting Authority of the State of Baden-Württemberg), Helen Weeds (University of Essex), and Markus Mobius (Microsoft Research) participated in the high-profile panel.

On the second day, discussions focussed on economic and legal issues in the online environment facing public service broadcasting. The panel of distinguished experts included Helen Weeds (University of Essex), Robert Amlung (ZDF), and Damian Tambini (LSE London).

Programme

September 2015: MaCCI Investigates Policy Options for a Regulatory Framework for the Digital Economy for the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy

Apart from independent research projects, one of MaCCI’s tasks and goals is also to provide expert opinions for policymakers. In the next two years, MaCCI is going to show and evaluate policy options for a regulatory framework for the digital economy in a project that was recently commissioned by Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). The project will deal with the digital economy in the strict sense, i.e. the provision of digital infrastructure, content and services, and with the digitalization of other sectors of the economy. Based on a meta study that surveys the current state of the digital economy, the project partners will look at different aspects more in depth in several studies. These will be discussed in workshops with stakeholders from business, science, and politics. The project team consists of seven MaCCI members as well as Prof. Dr. Heike Schweitzer (Free University of Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Jan Krämer (University of Passau).

September 2015: Four MaCCI Law & Economics Contributions Presented at EALE 2015

From September 16-19, 2015, the University of Vienna hosted the 32th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE). The conference is considered to be one of the most important gatherings for lawyers and economists who conduct research which touches on issues of the other discipline. This year, the conference featured a keynote speech of Massimo Motta, chief economist of the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission. He highlighted the importance of cooperation between lawyers and economists in the field competition policy. MaCCI members Wolfgang Briglauer, Andreas Engert, Stefan Frübing, and Kai Hüschelrath presented their ongoing work in parallel sessions and received valuable comments from lawyers and economists in the audience. The conference featured 56 parallel sessions of which about a quarter were related to research fields that are covered by MaCCI.

Official website of the EALE 2015
Full Programme

August 2015: Plenty MaCCI Members’ Presentations at EARIE 2015

From August 28-30, 2015, the 42th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) was held in Munich.  The conference is the focal conference for researchers in the field of industrial organization in Europe. Programme chair was Michelle Sovinsky who just joined the University of Mannheim and MaCCI. Among the 342 participants, who presented current papers in 116 sessions, were MaCCI senior members Irene Bertschek, Kai Hüschelrath, Volker Nocke, Martin Peitz, and Michelle Sovinsky, the MaCCI junior members Wolfgang Briglauer, Isis Durrmeyer, Raffaele Fiocco, Kathleen Nosal, Bettina Peters, Dominik Schober, Nicolas Schutz, Olga Slivko as well as MaCCI doctoral students Niklas Dürr, Stefan Frübing, Paul Hünermund, and Johannes Schneider. Volker Nocke and Nicolas Schutz presented in an invited session on merger policy. Along with Kathleen Nosal, Martin Peitz, and Ulrich Wagner Nicolas Schutz was also member of the scientific committee which evaluated the submitted papers.

Full Programme

August 2015: EEA Annual Congress with MaCCI Competition and Innovation Panel

From 24-27 August, 2015, the 30th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA) will be held in Mannheim. Whereas the conference includes about 300 sessions on all areas of economics, the highlights from MaCCI’s perspective are the plenary session with 2014 Nobel price winner Jean Tirole (Toulouse School of Economics) on August 27 at 16:00 and the MaCCI Competition and Innovation Panel on August 27 at 12:40  in room SO 108 inside the Mannheim Palace. The panelists are John van Reenen (London School of Economics), Michele Boldrin (Washington University Saint Louis) and Dietmar Harhoff (Max Planck Institute Munich). Together with the chair of the session, MaCCI senior member Martin Peitz, they will discuss concrete policy options for the design and protection of intellectual property.

Official website of the EEA 2015
Full Programme of the Congress

June 2015: MaCCI Senior Member Hüschelrath Presents at Second International Meeting in Law and Economics

MaCCI Senior Member Kai Hüschelrath presented a paper on the appeals process in European cartel cases at the Second International Meeting in Law and Economics in Paris. The event consisted of eight sessions covering many important areas of law and economics such as dispute resolution, economics of trials or tort law and liability. The meeting was organised by several universities from Paris, active in the field of law and economics.

June 2015: 13th ZEW Conference on "The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies" Date Approaches

The ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), one of MaCCI’s conferences with the longest tradition, is going to take place for the 13. time on June 12 and 13, 2015. This year, the conference will feature keynote speeches by Sinan Aral (MIT Sloan School of Management), Shane Greenstein (Northwestern University Chicago), and Markus Mobius (Microsoft Research) as well as 30 presentations in parallel sessions. The full programme is now available. Researchers and practitioners interested in participating in the conference may still register using the online form.

Additional information and registration

May 2015: MaCCI Members Active in Turkey, the Netherlands, and Germany

In the last week of May, MaCCI researchers took the opportunity to present their research at three events.

In Turunç, Turkey, the sixth Competition and Innovation Summer School (CISS) provided an opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their dissertation projects with experienced and renowned scholars including Marie and Jerry Thursby (Georgia Tech) as well as MaCCI members Georg Licht and Bettina Peters. Among the 38 participating doctoral students were MaCCI members Niklas Dürr and Ulrich Laitenberger.

In the Netherlands, the Tilburg Institute of Competition Law and Economics hosted the ninth Workshop of the Competition Law and Economics European Network (CLEEN). At this interdisciplinary event, economists and lawyers exchanged their ideas on current issues of competition policy. MaCCI members Raffaele Fiocco, Stefan Frübing, and Kai Hüschelrath participated and enjoyed keynote speeches by Giancarlo Spagnolo (Tor Vergata, SITE, EIEF & CEPR) as well as Nicolas Petit (University of Liège).

Meanwhile, MaCCI hosted its Industrial Organization Day in Mannheim on May 28, an internal event with six extensive presentations by MaCCI members.

May 2015: Mannheim Energy Conference Approaches

On May 7 and 8, 2015, one of MaCCI’s most important annual events is taking place, the Mannheim Energy Conference. This time, the conference features keynote speeches by Natalia Fabra (University Carlos III Madrid), Christoph Müller (Netze BW), Frank Wolak (Stanford University), and Catherine Wolfram (University of California at Berkeley). The full programme is now available. Researchers and practitioners interested in participating in the conference may still register using the online form.

Programme (as PDF file, 1,49 MB)

Online Registration

April 2015: Six MaCCI Presentations at IIOC 2015

From April 24-26, 2015, the 13. edition of the International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC), took place in Boston, Massachusetts. With about 300 paper presentations in more than 70 sessions, the annual conference is the largest US-based event focusing on industrial organization and a very important stage for economists working in the field. This year, MaCCI researchers Stefan Frübing, Paul Hünermund, Kai Hüschelrath, Bettina Peters, Patrick Schulte, and Naoki Wakamori took the opportunity to present their ongoing research to fellow researchers and practitioners from all over the world.

Additional information

April 2015: Five Mannheim Competition Policy Forum Events This Spring

The fourth talk of MaCCI's 2015 Mannheim Competition Policy Forum (MCPF) series was provided on 16 April by Rune Stenbacka (Hanken School of Economics), who presented his work on "Personalized Pricing versus History-Based Pricing: Implications for Privacy Policy".

MCPF is an established platform for the discussion of recent cases, general competition policy issues, and relevant academic research in the field. The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) hosts all MCPF presentations. Earlier presenters in the 2015 spring semester were Franz Wirl (University of Vienna), Lawrence White (New York University), and Jörg Jasper (EnBW). On 21 May, Christos Genakos (Athens University) visits Mannheim to present at MCPF.

Additional information

March 2015: Call for Papers MaCCI IO Day on May 28, 2015

The 2015 MaCCI IO Day provides a forum for MaCCI researchers to present their work related to issues of industrial organisation. We invite all researchers to submit papers for consideration. The objective of the workshop is for MaCCI members to interact and get to know each other’s research. The workshop programme will consist of a small number of presentations throughout the day with plenty of time for discussion for each paper. Please submit your papers via email to macci.io.day@gmail.com by April 19, 2015. In case you are willing to discuss a paper on the day, please also let us know.

 

March 2015: International Placements of MaCCI Doctoral Students

Three MaCCI doctoral students obtained international placements in this year’s job market. Michael Kummer, who defended his thesis at the University of Mannheim last year already and is doing research at ZEW, will join Georgia Tech as Assistant Professor this fall. Kummer works on knowledge diffusion and generation in social network and pricing on the Internet.

André Stenzel, who will defend this summer, has accepted a lecturer position at the University of Leicester. In his thesis, Stenzel investigates securitization practices as a reaction to the recent financial crisis.

Stefan Weiergräber, who will defend this summer, will start as Assistant Professor at the Department of Economics at Indiana University this fall. Weiergräber’s thesis focuses on empirically estimating switching costs and network effects in telecommunications markets.

March 2015: MaCCI Co-Hosts ENTER Jamboree

On March 20-21, MaCCI co-hosted the annual ENTER Jamboree. The European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER) is a cooperative venture between eight leading European economics departments at the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Brussels (Belgium), the University College London (United Kingdom), Carlos III University Madrid (Spain), the University of Mannheim (Germany), the Stockholm School of Economics and the University of Stockholm (Sweden), Tilburg University (Netherlands), and the University of Toulouse (France). At the jamboree, four doctoral students from each participating institution presented their research work and four doctoral students discussed a paper. This year, three MaCCI doctoral students presented their own work and three discussed the work of other ENTER students. Several junior and senior MaCCI members chaired sessions.

March 2015: Fourth Annual Conference of the Leibniz ScienceCampus MaCCI

The Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI), a joint initiative of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim, held its fourth Annual MaCCI Conference at ZEW on March 12 and 13, 2015. About 90 participants were attending the two-day conference.

Keynote speeches of the event were provided by Mike Walker (Competition and Markets Authority) and Giorgio Monti (EUI Florence). The list of presenters in parallel sessions included Luís Cabral, Jay Pil Choi, Patrick Rey and Yossi Spiegel. MaCCI members Paul Hünermund, Kathleen Nosal, Martin Peitz, Lily Samkharadze and Oleksandr Shcherbakov presented their ongoing research at the conference.

Additional information

February 2015: Call for Papers Sixth MaCCI/ZEW Conference on the Economics of Innovation and Patenting

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce their sixth conference on the economics of innovation and patenting on July 2 and 3, 2015, in Mannheim. The aim of the conference is to stimulate discussion between international researchers conducting related empirical and theoretical analysis. The conference will focus on policy implications of recent research. The conference will also include two special sessions on the ongoing FP7 projects CRE8TV and WWWForEurope. Theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions from all areas of the economics of innovation and patenting are welcome. Interested researchers are invited to submit a paper or an extended abstract in PDF format (min. 3 pages) to innopat2015@zew.de no later than March 15, 2015.

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February 2015: Call for Papers 13th ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies

The objective of the conference is to discuss recent scientific contributions to the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the economics of ICT industries. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented contributions are welcome.

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February 2015: Call for Papers 6th Competition and Innovation Summer School

This workshop offers young researchers within the fields of the economics of innovation and competition the opportunity to intensively discuss their dissertation projects within a peer group of experienced and renowned scholars, as well as other PhD students and postdoc researchers in an inspiring environment.

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February 2015: MaCCI and EEA 2015 Meeting in Mannheim

The University of Mannheim will host the 2015 Annual Meeting of the European Economic Association with an expected number of 900 participants. Papers for contributed sessions can be submitted until February 15 at EEA's website. Chair of the programme committee is MaCCI senior researcher Volker Nocke. Chair of the local arrangements committee is MaCCI senior researcher Jochen Streb. MaCCI will sponsor the “Competition and Innovation” lunch panel, organised by MaCCI senior researcher Martin Peitz, also a member of the programme committee.

January 2015: Call for Papers Fourth Mannheim Energy Conference

The Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce the 4th Mannheim Energy Conference on May 7–8, 2015. International scholars and practitioners from various disciplines are invited to discuss the lessons learned from almost 20 years of power market liberalisation in Europe, new opportunities and future challenges. The conference seeks to provide a stimulating environment for debates addressing the policy implications of recent research and challenges for research that result from current political decisions. Advanced theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented contributions on all aspects of the economics of energy markets are welcome.

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December 2014: MaCCI hosts twelfth Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economics

On December 5 and 6, 2014, MaCCI hosted the twelfth Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economics. About 170 participants attended the nine parallel sessions on recent competition cases and developments, a panel discussion on exclusionary pricing practices, and the keynote lecture by Aviv Nevo (Northwestern University; Former Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Justice) on the role of empirical analyses in competition cases.

December 2014: Best Paper Award for MaCCI Doctoral Student Stefan Weiergräber

MaCCI doctoral student Stefan Weiergräber has received the first Econ Job Market Best Paper Award by Unicredit & Universities Foundation for his job market paper, entitled "Network Effects and Switching Costs in the US Wireless Industry."

The competition aimed at PhD candidates and PhD graduates participating in the 2015 Economics Job Market during the American Economic Association Annual Meeting. Participating institutions included Bocconi University, London School of Economics and Political Science, Oxford University, Stockholm School of Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, and Toulouse School of Economics. The award is endowed with a prize money of € 2,000. In addition, the winner Stefan Weiergräber had the opportunity to present his paper during the annual symposium of the Spanish Economic Association in Palma de Mallorca from December 11 to 13, 2014, with the Foundation covering all travel expenses.

October 2014: MaCCI Law Professor Müller-Terpitz Becomes New Head of KEK (German Commission for the Determination of Concentration in the Media)

Ralf Müller-Terpitz, who joined the law department of the University of Mannheim and MaCCI in 2013, was elected to be the new head of the KEK commission, which is in charge of securing the plurality of opinion in nationally-transmitted private television. The vote for Müller-Terpitz was unanimous and is seen as strong sign of appreciation for his research. His predecessor, Insa Sjurts (University of Hamburg), welcomed his nomination for the well-reputed position, stating that given his profound knowledge, Müller-Terpitz would be able to provide new impetus in a time where the media industry is experiencing fundamental changes.

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September 2014: SEEK-BRUEGEL Workshop on Legal and Illegal Cartels in Europe

On September 10, MaCCI Researchers Konrad Stahl and Kai Hüschelrath gave presentations at a joint SEEK-BRUEGEL Workshop on legal and illegal cartels in Europe. The half-day event attracted both academics as well as practitioners and was the final event of two cartel-related SEEK projects. The international research programme SEEK (Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies) at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) is funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg. Its objective is to conduct application-oriented analysis of the most pressing problems for European economic policy and it that aims to bolster international co-operation between researchers of all economic disciplines.

August 2014: MaCCI Research Presentations at EARIE Annual Conference

MaCCI researchers Raffaele Fiocco, Sven Heim, Kai Hüschelrath, Christian Köhler, Michael Kummer, Ulrich Laitenberger, Yanping Liu, Andras Niedermayer, Martin Peitz, Bettina Peters, Fabienne Rasel, Chengsi Wang, Stefan Weiergräber, and Nikolas Wölfing presented ongoing research at the 41th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) in Milan.

July 2014: MaCCI Contributions at CRESSE

At this year's CRESSE annual summer school and conference, MaCCI senior members Volker Nocke and Martin Peitz will teach during the summer school. Volker Nocke will teach on the economics of mergers, Martin Peitz on competition and regulation in two-sided markets. At the CRESSE conference, Volker Nocke will give an invited talk on merger policy and Martin Peitz will present work on net neutrality in an invited session on competition policy issues in data markets, the Internet, and patent settlements. MaCCI junior member Lily Samkharadze will present new work on cartels. Selected contributions from the previous two CRESSE conferences have just been released in the book "The Analysis of Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation", edited by Martin Peitz together with Yossi Spiegel.

June 2014: German Science Foundation (DFG) Funds MaCCI Project by Nocke and Peitz with 480,000 Euro

The German Science Foundation (DFG) funds the project "Vertical Relations and Market Structure" by MaCCI senior researchers Volker Nocke and Martin Peitz for another three years from fall 2014 to fall 2017. Nocke and Peitz start with the observation that firms with market power are pervasive not only in downstream markets, but also in intermediate goods markets. To understand the production and allocation of goods, and hence appropriate economic policies, it is important to take the whole vertical supply chain into account. An understanding of such vertically related markets is key for answering a number of important questions. For instance, do upstream firms have an incentive to use vertical restraints, such as exclusive dealing contracts with retailers, so as to deny competitors access to their distribution channels? What are the effects of vertical mergers on competition, market structure, and welfare? To study these issues for the next three years, Nocke and Peitz receive funding of 480,000 Euro.

June 2014: Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies

On 16 and 17 June 2014, MaCCI and ZEW held the 12th Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies. The conference aimed at discussing recent scientific contributions to the economics of information and communication technologies (ICT) and the economics of ICT industries. In 2014, 40 researchers presented their theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented research papers. Special highlights of the conference were the two keynote lectures by Michael Katz (University of California, Berkeley, USA) and Harikesh Nair (Stanford University, USA).

May 2014: Mannheim Energy Conference

Richard Green during his keynote at ZEW.
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On 5 and 6 May 2014, MaCCI and ZEW held the third Mannheim Energy Conference. The conference attracted about 90 international energy experts from science, politics and industry and covered 41 presentations in 5 parallel sessions. Special highlights of the conference were the four keynote lectures and the panel discussion on ‘Financing the Energy Transition’.

May 2014: New Research on Market Structure, Collusion and Mergers at MaCCI IO Day

At the MaCCI IO Day MaCCI researchers present ongoing research internally. This time six presentations and discussions centered on market structure, collusion and mergers, and more than 35 MaCCI researchers were in the audience. In particular, an empirical investigation into gasoline markets emphasized the role consumer search costs. Another empirical investigation into subscription plans in telecom markets uncovered the importance of network effects. MaCCI researchers also presented a new empirical test for collusion and provided an assessment of mergers in the banking industry.

April 2014: Best Paper Award for Volker Nocke

At this year's International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC) in Chicago, MaCCI Senior Member Volker Nocke has been awarded the 7th Annual Robert F. Lanzilotti Prize for the Best Paper in Antitrust Economics. The paper entitled "Internal vs. External Growth in Industries with Scale Economies: A Computational Model of Optimal Merger Policy" is a joint publication with Ben Mermelstein and Mark Satterthwaite (both at Northwestern University), and Michael Whinston (MIT).

March 2014: First Price Award for MaCCI Researchers

MaCCI Researchers Kai Hüschelrath and Kathrin Müller won the first price award in the ‘Retrospective Analysis of Merger Decision Outcomes Competition’ of the Section of Antitrust Law of the American Bar Association. The awarded paper discusses the welfare effects of mergers in airline networks.

March 2014: MaCCI Organizes Young Scholars Research Seminar in Germany

MaCCI engages in a great variety of interdisciplinary activities that bring together legal and economic competence. One pillar of MaCCI’s mission is the training of young scholars in an international setting. Therefore, MaCCI has initiated the 2014 Young Scholars Research Seminar (GRS) in association with the University of Pennsylvania Law School. The idea was to bring together young researchers from Europe and the United States to connect them with high-level practitioners in the area of competition and innovation policy and law.  The focus of this year’s GRS were emerging issues in Internet law and policy and their impact on U.S. and EU telecommunications policy. »read more.

March 2014: Third Annual Conference of the Leibniz ScienceCampus MaCCI

The Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI), a joint initiative of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim, held its third Annual MaCCI Conference at ZEW on March 14 and 15, 2014. About 100 participants were attending the two-day conference.

The first day of the conference covered presentations and panel sessions on the law and economics of horizontal merger control with special sessions on mergers in narrow oligopolies and minority shareholdings. The list of speakers and panelists included Wolfgang Bosch, Luis Cabral, Gergely Csorba, William E. Kovacic, Luigi Malferrari, Jorge Padilla, Ulrich von Koppenfels, Konrad Stahl and Christine Zulehner. The second day was devoted to topics from all fields of competition law and economics. 30 researchers and practitioners presented their current research in twelve sessions.

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February 2014: MaCCI Activity Report

The 2013 MaCCI Activity Report  has been published. The report gives an overview of the MaCCI activities in 2013.

January 2014: Peitz and Schmidt-Dengler new Co-Editors of the International Journal of Industrial Organization

MaCCI Members Martin Peitz and Philipp Schmidt-Dengler have been appointed co-editors of the International Journal of Industrial Organization. Their term starts January 2014. The International Journal of Industrial Organization is a leading field journal and covers theoretical and empirical questions in industrial organization, broadly defined. This includes antitrust, regulation, technological change, internal organization of firms, and productivity analysis.

December 2013: Volker Nocke and Martin Peitz Nominated Members of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy

Commissioner and Vice President of the European Commission Joaquin Almunia has nominated MaCCI members Volker Nocke and Martin Peitz as members of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy (EAGCP). According to the European Commission, "the EAGCP creates a discussion forum on competition policy matters between academics who have a recognised reputation in the field of industrial organisation. Members represent different fields of research and academic research centres in Europe. Its main purpose is to support DG Competition in improving the economic reasoning in competition policy analysis".

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November 2013: First MPI-ZEW Private Law & Economics Workshop in Hamburg

On November 21 and 22, MaCCI members Stefan Frübing, Kai Hüschelrath, Ulrich Laitenberger, and Florian Smuda participated in the first interdisciplinary private law & economics workshop at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for Comparative and International Private Law in Hamburg. The workshop brings together legal scholars of MPI in Hamburg with economists of MaCCI and ZEW in order to present either research ideas or the results of recent research projects and to subsequently facilitate an interdisciplinary discussion. Next year, the workshop will take place at ZEW in Mannheim.

October 2013: Workshop on Procurement and Contracts

On October 16-18, 2013, MaCCI members Malin Arve, Martin Peitz, and Lily Samkharadze organized a workshop on procurement and contracts in Bad Homburg. Presentations covered a wide range of theoretical and applied topics in procurement and contract theory.

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Call for Papers: Annual Conference of the Leibniz ScienceCampus MaCCI - Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (March 14-15, 2014)

The Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) – a joint initiative of the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) and the University of Mannheim – is pleased to announce its Annual Conference 2014 in Mannheim on March 14-15, 2014. The objective of the conference is to provide a platform for competition- and innovation-related research and discussion. We invite submissions from all fields of competition law and economics. Theoretical and empirical papers as well as case studies are welcome. We especially invite papers by lawyers focusing on EU competition law and/or comparative competition law. Please send full papers as well as extended abstracts as PDF file to macciannual2014@zew.de no later than January 1, 2014. Additional information and Call for Papers

October 2013: MaCCI Member Volker Nocke Elected into the Council of the European Economic Association

Volker Nocke has been elected member of the Council of the European Economic Association. Histerm of office starts at the beginning of 2014 and terminates end of2018. The European Economic Association promotes top quality research on economic issues that are of particular relevance in Europe.

September 2013: MaCCI Involved in Training of Judges in Competition Economics

MaCCI coordinator Kai Hüschelrath gave three lectures on selected aspects of vertical agreements as part of a seminar series on “Private Enforcement of Competition Law in Europe”, specifically designed for judges with a focus on competition law. The seminar series is financed by the European Commission and takes place at Leuphana University Lüneburg. Other presenters were Andreas Reindl, Jörg Philipp Terhechte, and Thomas Wein.

September 2013: MaCCI Research Presentations at EALE Annual Conference Warsaw 2013

MaCCI researchers Andreas Engert, Kai Hüschelrath and Florian Smuda were invited to present ongoing research at the 30th Annual Conference of the European Association of Law and Economics (EALE) in Warsaw.

September 2013: Reinhard Selten Award for MaCCI Member Christian Michel

Christian Michel, junior MaCCI member, received the Reinhard Selten Award of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik) honoring his paper "Identification and Estimation of Intra-Firm and Industry Competition via Ownership Change". In his paper, he proposes a novel empirical framework to estimate how fast and how strongly merging firms adjust to maximize joint profits after a horizontal merger and to jointly infer the type of competition and the firms' cost structure in the industry under consideration.

Christian Michel received his PhD at Mannheim this summer and will at University Pompeu Fabra as an Assistant Professor this fall. The annual award is given to a young researcher whose work is distinguished by its originality, importance, and clean methodology.

September 2013: MaCCI Research Presentations at EARIE Annual Conference

MaCCI researchers Malin Arve, Sven Heim, Kai Hüschelrath, Michael Kummer, Georg Licht, Andras Niedermayer, Volker Nocke, Bettina Peters, Fabienne Rasel, Philipp Schmidt-Dengler, Dominik Schober, Nicolas Schutz, Florian Smuda, Konrad Stahl, Naoki Wakamori, and Chengsi Wang were invited to present ongoing research at the 40th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) in Evora.

August 2013: MaCCI research at EEA/ESEM Annual Congress

MaCCI researchers Kai Hüschelrath, Philipp Schmidt-Dengler, Jan-Peter Siedlarek, André Stenzel and Jochen Streb were invited to present ongoing research at the 28th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA) and the 67th European Meeting of the Econometric Society (ESEM) in Gothenburg.

August 2013: MaCCI Director Martin Peitz New Director of ENTER Network

MaCCI Director Martin Peitz has been elected Director of the European Network for Training in Economic Research (ENTER). ENTER is a cooperative venture between eight leading European economics departments, located in Barcelona (Spain), Brussels (Belgium), London (United Kingdom), Madrid (Spain), Mannheim (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), Tilburg (Netherlands), and Toulouse (France). Its aim is to foster (internationally competitive) research at highest possible quality by broadening the base for competent supervision and intensive interaction towards research in Economics.

July 2013: MaCCI Members Involved in Project on Rebate Contract Tenders

MaCCI members Matthias Hunold, Kai Hüschelrath, Ulrich Laitenberger, and Marco Kotschedoff are part of a research team that is investigating the effects of rebate contract tenders on the generic pharmaceutical industry in Germany for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

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July 2013: ScienceCampi Meeting in Berlin

The first meeting of the (currently five) Leibniz ScienceCampi took place at WGL’s headquarters in Berlin on July 18, 2013. While the first half of the meeting gave the representatives of the campi the chance to present the governance structure and contents of their initiatives, the second half facilitated discussions on how the ScienceCampus format can be further strengthened. Coordinator Kai Hüschelrath represented MaCCI during the meeting.

July 2013: Edited Volume on Liberalization in Aviation Published

Peter Forsyth, David Gillen, Hans-Martin Niemeier, Hartmut Wolf and MaCCI Coordinator Kai Hüschelrath published an edited volume on the liberalization of the airline industry. The volume brings together renowned academics and practitioners from around the world to address aspects of competition in various liberalized markets, the emergence and growth of low-cost carriers, horizontal mergers and alliances, infrastructures, and economic assessments of liberalization steps so far and proposed steps in the future. The volume is published by Ashgate.

July 2013: MaCCI Research at CRESSE

MaCCI researchers Volker Nocke, Martin Peitz, and Lily Samkharadze will present on-going work at the Eighth Annual Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) in Corfu, Greece. The conference volume for selected contributions from the previous and this year will be co-edited by Martin Peitz. In addition, Martin Peitz will teach the module "Competition and Regulation in Two-Sided Markets".

June 2013: MaCCI Coordinator Speaks at ABA Merger Evaluation Symposium

MaCCI Coordinator Kai Hüschelrath gave a presentation on the evaluation of the merger control process at a symposium of the American Bar Association on Retrospective Analysis of Agency Determinations in Merger Transactions in Washington DC (USA). Other speakers included Luke Froeb, John Kwoka, Dan Rubinfeld, Mike Scherer, and Greg Werden. The symposium was co-organized by Bill Kovacic, a member of the MaCCI Advisory Board.

June 2013: Advances in Competition Policy at the Third MaCCI Summer Institute

MaCCI held its third Summer Institute in Competition Policy in the first week of June. In this 5 day event leading academic economists from Europe and the United States interact with MaCCI members and collaborate on various projects in competition policy. Presentations at the MaCCI Summer Institute covered topics such as competitive effects of exclusivity, selective distribution, communication in cartels, predatory behavior in the computer chip industry, and dynamic competitive effects of patent pools. This year’s presenters included Joe Harrington from the University of Pennsylvania, Massimo Motta from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Patrick Rey from the Toulouse School of Economics, and Frank Verboven from KU Leuven.

June 2013: New Editorial Positions for MaCCI Members Peitz and Schmidt-Dengler

In the first half of 2013, Peitz and Schmdit-Dengler accepted additional editorial duties. Martin Peitz became Associate Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and Philipp Schmidt Dengler Associate Editor of the Journal of the European Economic Association.

April 2013: MaCCI Members Successful in Fourth SEEK Round

In the fourth SEEK round, MaCCI members received funding for two research projects in the field of cartels. Konrad Stahl, Philipp Schmidt-Dengler, Matthias Hunold, Kai Hüschelrath, Ulrich Laitenberger, and Georg Licht are part of a large international research team focusing on answers to the question: What legal cartels can tell us about illegal ones? Kai Hüschelrath, Ulrich Laitenberger, and Florian Smuda will study the anatomy of hard core cartels together with the leading expert on the economics of collusion: Joe Harrington from the University of Pennsylvania. SEEK stands for “Strengthening Efficiency and Competitiveness in the European Knowledge Economies" and is a research programme funded by the State of Baden-Württemberg that seeks to bolster international cooperation between researchers of all economic disciplines.

March 2013: MaCCI Goes South Africa

MaCCI Coordinator Kai Hüschelrath gave an invited lecture on cartel detection at a workshop on Time Series and Competition Policy in Stellenbosch (South Africa). Other invited lectures were given by Dan Rubinfeld (Berkeley) and Elena Argentesi (Bologna). The workshop was also used to identify possible cooperation possibilities between MaCCI and South African researchers.

February 2013: Nocke Vice Chair of the Industrial Economics Section of the German Economic Association

At its annual meeting Volker Nocke has been elected vice chair of the industrial economics section of the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economics Association) for the period 2013 to 2015.

February 2013: Volker Nocke Becomes Associate Editor of Journal of Economic Theory

As the only researcher based in Germany, MaCCI Senior Member Volker Nocke has been appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Theory, one of the most prestigious academic journals in economics.

January 2013: MaCCI Present at AEA Annual Meeting in San Diego

MaCCI Coordinator Kai Hüschelrath gave a presentation on the pricing dynamics of hard-core cartels at the Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association in San Diego (USA). The meeting is one of the most prestigious conferences of the economics profession.

January 2013: Volker Nocke Organizes the Core Programme of the Annual Meeting of the German Economic Association

Volker Nocke organizes the core programme "Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order" of this year's annual conference of the German Economic Association (Verein für Socialpolitik) which will take place September 4-7, 2013 at the University of Düsseldorf. As keynote speakers he managed to attract: Michael Katz, Sarin Chair in Strategy and Leadership, University of California and Director of the Center for Telecommunications and Digital Convergence, Michael D. Winston, Robert E. and Emily H. King Professor of Business Institutions, Northwestern University and Co-director of the Center for the Study of Industrial Organization, Joe Harrington, Professor of Business Economics and Public Policy, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Patrick Rey, Professor of Economics, University of Toulouse, Member of the Toulouse School of Economics, and IDEI Researcher, Mark Armstrong, Professor of Economics, University of Oxford, Jorge Padilla, Senior Managing Director and Head of Compass Lexecon Europe and Kai-Uwe Kühn, Chief Competition Economist at the DG Competition of the EU and Associate Professor of the University of Michigan.

December 2012: Volker Nocke New Member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Competition Economists (ACE)

Volker Nocke has been elected member of the steering committee of the Association of Competition Economists (ACE). The European-based ACE brings together experts of the economics of competition who work in government, academia, and the private sector.

November 2012: MaCCI Coordinator Speaks at ECN Meeting

MaCCI Coordinator Kai Hüschelrath gave a presentation on cartel detection at a European Competition Network Meeting of the Group of Chief Economists in Warsaw (Poland). The group meets on a regular basis to discuss recent economic advances and current case work.