Mannheim Competition Policy Forum (MCPF)

The last couple of years have seen a remarkable increase in the application of economic insights to competition problems. In order to further promote and refine this development, practitioners need to understand how microeconomics can help to shed light on particular aspects of competition problems. At the same time, academics benefit from a better understanding of real-world challenges and institutional details.

The forum aims at providing a platform for the discussion of recent cases, general competition policy issues, and relevant academic research in the field. Renowned practitioners and academics will be invited to present their views on cases and general policy questions, followed by a discussion of the economic implications with the audience.

Starting from the autumn semester 2017, the MCPF is an official part of two master's programmes at the University of Mannheim. Participation is compulsory for economics students in the competition and regulation track and for law students in the master on competition and regulation law.


The series typically takes place on about six Thursdays during term. Presentations start at 5.15 p.m. and last for up to one hour including questions. Afterwards, most participants stay for further informal discussions. Presenters, dates, locations and topics are provided in the schedule below.

Upcoming Events


28 October 2021
Ana Sofia Rodrigues (Portuguese Competition Authority)
No Poach Agreements and Competition: An Overview

2 December 2021
Christian Miege (Thyssenkrupp)
Competition Law and Sustainability

9 December 2021
Hans Zenger (European Commission, DG Comp)

Past Events


7 October 2021
Michael Katz (UC Berkeley, Haas)
Do Economists Have a Useful Role to Play in Competition Policy (and Do they Play it)?

16 September 2021
Keith Waehrer (Secretariat Economists, U.S.)
Lessons from the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Investigations, Litigation, and Remedy

17 June 2021
Arne Wittig (Former General Counsel of Thyssenkrupp and Deutsche Bank)
Wirecard as an Example: Revisions of the Stock Corporation Act as Remedies for Economic and Social Deficiencies

10 June 2021
Hanna Halaburda (New York University)
Blockchain vs. Platforms

27 May 2021
Gastón Palmucci (Fiscalía Nacional Económica (FNE), Chile)
Price Beating Guarantees in the Chilean Hardware Stores and Home Improvement Market

6 May 2021
Ginger Zhe Jin (University of Maryland, U.S.)
Platform as a Rule Maker: Evidence from Airbnb's Cancellation Policies

15 April 2021
Thomas Weck (Monopolkommission)
Competition Policy Development Involving Online Platforms

25 March 2021
Cristina Caffarra (Charles River Associates (CRA))
Designing Regulation, Fixing Enforcement in Digital Markets: What's Still Missing?

11 March 2021
Herbert Hovenkamp (University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School) (MaCCI Annual Conference 2021 Keynote)
Remedies for Platform Monopolies


10 December 2020
Grace Nacimiento (GvW Graf von Westphalen Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaft mbB)
Current Developments in Telecommunication Regulation

26 November 2020
Christopher S. Yoo (Penn Law, University of Pennsylvania, US)
Recent Developments in Platform Regulation in the United States

12 November 2020
Annegret Groebel (Bundesnetzagentur)
How to Ensure that the German "Energiewende" Contributes to the Development of the Internal Energy Market?

29 October 2020
Daniela Seeliger (Linklaters, Germany)
New Challenges for Competition Law – Digitalisation and the German Reform, Crisis Management and ESG?

8 October 2020
Liberty Mncube (FTI Consulting, South Africa)
COVID-19 Excessive Pricing or Price Gouging - the South African Experience

1 October 2020
Dan O'Brien (CompassLexecon, U.S.)
A Consumer Perspective on Privacy, Disclosure, Data Security, and Content Screening

28 May 2020
Stefan Bechtold (ETH Zürich)
European Privacy Law and Global Markets for Data

14 May 2020
Benno Bühler (CRA, Charles River Associates)
The Show Must Go on – Recent Mergers in the TV Sector on both Sides of the Atlantic

7 May 2020
Amelia Fletcher (UEA & CMA)
Policy Measures for Enhancing Consumer Engagement and Competition

30 April 2020 – CANCELLED
Grace Nacimiento (GvW Graf von Westphalen Rechtsanwälte Steuerberater Partnerschaft mbB)
Current Developements in Telcom Regulation

12 March 2020 – CANCELLED
Tobias Brenner (Bundeskartellamt)
The Latest Reform of the German Competition Act: Protecting Competition in Digital Markets

27 February 2020
Urs Haegler (CompassLexecon)
The Role of Efficiencies in Merger Control and Art. 101 TFEU Cases


5 Dezember 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Stefan Wilbert (Stadtwerke Köln GmbH)
Regulated Municipal Network Operators

21 November 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Philippe Sulger (Swiss Competition Commission)
Antitrust Enforcement at the Swiss Competition Commission

14 November 2019
ZEW (L 7, 1, 68161 Mannheim), Room Brussels
Nathan Wajsman (Chief Economist, EU Intellectual Property Office, Alicante, Spain)
Keynote MaCCI Law & Economics Conference

7 November 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Friedhelm Dommermuth (Bundesnetzagentur, Bonn)
Recent Market Developments in the Telecommunications Sector

24 October 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Eliana Garcés (Facebook)
Digital Business Models and Competition Policy

10 October 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Bart Noé (The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM))
ACM Enforcement in the digital economy; cases and a look ahead

26 September 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Benno Bühler (Charles River Associates (CRA))
A Competition Policy View on FRAND Licensing

9 May 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Mark-E. Orth (MEO)
IOC Advertisement Restrictions for Athletes During Olympic Games - Rule 40 IOC Charter- Abuse of a Dominant Position? Commitment Decision of the Bundeskartellamt

11 April 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Mirko Paschke (Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure)
State Aid and Broadband Infrastructure Investment

28 March 2019
ZEW (L 7, 1, 68161 Mannheim)
Andreas Mundt (German Federal Cartel Office)
Current Issues in Competition Law and Economics

7 March 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Thilo Klein (Compass Lexecon)
The Commission’s TMNL / Tele 2 NL Decision: Another Twist to the MNO Merger Tale

14 February 2019
University of Mannheim (L7, 3-5), Room S 031
Andreas Hartl (Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy)
The AI Strategy of the German Government


29 November 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Tommaso Valletti (European Commission)
Evolution of Industry Concentration

15 November 2018
ZEW (L 7, 1, 68161 Mannheim), Room Brussels
Kimberly D. Krawiec (Duke University Law School)
Designing Transactions in the Human Body

25 October 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Rainer Nitsche (E.CA Economics)
Intra-Platform Competition on Hybrid E-Commerce Platforms like Amazon

27 September 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Robert Schwinghammer (Telefonica Germany)
5G Rollout and the Upcoming Spectrum Auction in Germany

13 September 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Birgit Krueger (Bundeskartellamt)
Competition Law Enforcement in a Digitalised World - How the Digital Economy Challenges Competition Policy and Enforcement

24 May 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Murat Mungan (George Mason University)
Optimal Non-Prosecution Agreements and the Reputational Effect of Convictions

17 May 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Ramsi Woodcock (Georgia State University)
The Efficient Queue and the Case Against Dynamic Pricing

3 May 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Dr. Jörg Jasper (EnBW AG)
Recent Decisions in Electricity Market Design: Implications for Competition and Competition Policy

26 April 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Ralf Müller-Terpitz (University of Mannheim)
Intermediaries and the Legal Protection of Pluralism

19 April 2018
University of Mannheim (L 7, 3-5), Room S 031
Jorge Padilla (CompassLexecon)
The Price Concentration Dispute in UPS-TNT

8 March 2018
ZEW, Room Brussels
Fiona Scott Morton (Yale)
The Cause of Rising Markups: Is it Competition Enforcement?

22 February 2018
Thomas Fetzer (University of Mannheim)
Spectrum auctions for 5G in Germany - current status and legal uncertainties


30 November 2017
Giulio Federico (European Commission)
Horizontal Mergers and Innovation

16 November 2017
Pierre Regibeau (CRA)
FRAND Commitments and Standard Essential Patents

2 November 2017
Dragan Jovanovic (Deutsche Telekom)
Online Platforms and the (EU) Data Economy - Implications for Competition and Regulation

19 October 2017
Armin Schmutzler (U Zurich, Vice President Swiss Competition Commission)
Competition Policy in Switzerland - An Economist's Perspective

5 October 2017
Peter Abegg (Deutsche Bahn AG)
Infrastructure Investment Under Regulation

21 September 2017
Thomas Fetzer (University of Mannheim)
Zero Rating, Traffic Shaping, and the European Net Neutrality Regulation 2015/2120

4 May 2017
Andrew Daughety and Jennifer Reinganum (Vanderbilt University)
Information Suppression by Teams and Violations of the Brady Rule

2 March 2017
Carlo Cambini (Turin School of Local Regulation)
Regulation and Investment in European High-Speed Broadband Infrastructure

23 February 2017
Toshiaka Yamanaka (University of Tokyo)
Liabilities and Remedies of Directors and Officers: A Comparative Perspective


15 December 2016
Sandro Gleave (German Federal Cartel Office, Bonn)
It Takes Two to Tango - Merger Cases on Two-Sided Markets

1 December 2016
Dominik Grafenhofer (Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, Bonn)
Taste for Exclusivity and Intellectual Property Rights

24 November 2016
Pierre Régibeau (Charles River Associates and Imperial College)
Grantbacks, Territorial Restraints and Innovation

17 November 2016
Heiko Gerlach (University of Queensland, AUS)
A Model of Patent Trolls

27 October 2016
Thomas Plückebaum (WIK, GER)
Economics of Countrywide Broadband Roll Out: Infrastructure Competition, Wholesale Nationwide Tariffs, Limits of Profitability and Subsidies

19 May 2016
Friedhelm Dommermuth (Federal Network Agency, GER)
Level-playing field between telecommunications operators and Over-the-top players?

21 April 2016
Per Rummel (Monopolies Comission, GER)
Antitrust Class Actions: How This Issue is Being Addressed in Different European Countries

28 January 2016
Christian Jaag (Swiss Economics)
The More Economic Approach to Predatory Pricing

21 January 2016
Jens Perner (Frontier Economics)
Cross-Border Competition in Capacity Mechanisms?


10 December 2015
Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv University and ZEW)
Can Collusion Promote Sustainable Consumption and Production?

17 December 2015
Thomas Fetzer (University of Mannheim)
EU Net Neutrality Laws

21 May 2015
Christos Genakos (Athens University of Economics and Business, GRE)
The Impact of Maximum Markup Regulation on Prices

16 April 2015
Rune Stenbacka (Hanken School of Economics, FIN)
Personalized Pricing versus History-Based Pricing: Implications for Privacy Policy

19 March 2015
Franz Wirl (Universität Wien, AUT)
Wholesale Versus Retail Pricing with Downstream Firms ('Amazon' and 'Apple') that Add Value and Have First Mover Advantage

5 March 2015
Lawrence White (New York University Stern School of Business, USA)
The Credit Rating Agencies: An Analysis through the Lenses of Industrial Organization, Finance, and Regulation

26 February 2015
Jörg Jasper (EnBW, GER)
Do we Need a Reform of Electricity Market Design?


30 October 2014
K. Peter Mailänder (M.C.J., N.Y.U./ Haver & Mailänder, Stuttgart, GER)
Freedom of Media under Restraints of European Competition Law and Policy

15 May 2014
Markus Wagemann (Federal Cartel Office, Bonn, GER)
Mergers and Cooperations in Mobile Telephony, Broadband and Cable TV – Convergence of Markets?

30 April 2014
Nicolas de Roos (University of Sydney, AUS)
Collusion with Intertemporal Price Dispersion

20 March 2014
Matthew Weinberg (Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA)
Efficiencies Brewed:  Pricing and Consolidation in U.S. Brewing

6 March 2014
Jörg Jasper (EnBW Karlsruhe, GER)
German Energiewende and electricity market design: Where are we and what lies ahead?
Due to illnes the event has to be postponed.

20 February 2014
Dennis Gärtner (University of Bonn, GER)
Corporate Leniency in a Dynamic World: The Preemptive Push of an Uncertain Future


7 October 2013
Sarah Cannevel (Federal Cartel Office, Bonn, GER)
Cartel Prosecution in Germany: A Spotlight on the Current Practice

19 September 2013
Robert Feinberg (American University, Washington, USA)
Does State Antitrust Enforcement Drive Establishment Exit?

12 September 2013
Adrian Majumdar (RBB Economics, London, GBR)
UPP and Price Pressure Tests - What Should the EU Learn from UK Practice?

29 May 2013
Julian Wright (National University of Singapore, SIN)
The Economics of Payment Cards

25 April 2013
Karsten Otte (Federal Network Agency, GER)
Rail Regulation - Cost Control Between Corporate Interests, Competition, and Transport Policy

21 March 2013
Alexandre de Streel (University of Namur, BEL)
The Antitrust Activism of the European Commission in Telecommunications

21 February 2013
Enno Eilts (OXERA, Brussels, BEL)
Quantifying Antitrust Damages


8 November 2012
Thibaud Verge (ENSAE Paris)
Do We Still Need Market Definition?

11 October 2012
Michele Polo
Antitrust in Innovative Industries: the Optimal Legal Standards

13 September 2012
John Davies
Trying to Put a Value on Competition Law Enforcement

10 May 2012
Maarten Pieter Schinkel
State-aided Price Coordination in Dutch Mortgage Banking

26 April 2012
Samuel Rutz
Towards Optimal Merger Notification Regimes: Some Insights from Switzerland

22 March 2012
Wolfgang Nothhelfer
Substitution Between Online, TV, and Other Types of Advertising

8 March 2012
Iris Henseler-Unger
Trading the Monopolist for the Regulator - A Choice Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?

23 February 2012
Gabriel Lee
Entry and Competition for German Notary Profession


3 November 2011
Stefan Bühler
Making Sense of Non-Binding Retail-Price Recommendations

13 October 2011
Theodor Thanner
Evaluation of Competition Law Policy

29 September 2011
Miguel de la Mano
Using Economic Evidence in Merger Cases: Re- flections inspired by the Ryanair/Aer Lingus case

18 May 2011
Ariel Pakes
Upward Pricing Pressure: Its Usefulness and its Limitations

14 April 2011
Lars Persson
Entrepreneurial Innovations, Competition and Competition Policy

24 March 2011
Jan Brueckner
Product Unbundling in the Travel Industry: The Economics of Airline Bag Fees 

17 March 2011
Vincent Martenet
The Failing Company/Division Defence in the Swiss Newspaper Sector

3 March 2011
Cento Veljanovski
Use and Abuse of the Counterfactual in Competition Law

17 February 2011
Marc Ivaldi
Unsophisticated Assessment of the Impact of a Merger in the French Retail Banking Industry


2 December 2010
Massimo Motta
Exclusionary Practices: Theory and Practice

4 November 2010
Anthony Dukes
The End of the Robinson-Patman Act? Evidence from Legal Case Data

23 September 2010
Frank Verboven
Predicting the Effects of a Horizontal Merger in the Swedish Market for Painkillers

9 September 2010
Ralph Winter
Exclusionary Contracts

2 June 2010
Glenn Woroch
Merger in a Bidding Market: Quantifying the Unilateral Effects

6 May 2010
Daniel Zimmer
State Aid for Banks - An Evaluation of the European Commission's Recent Control Practice

22 April 2010
Gunnar Niels
Quantifying antitrust damages

4 March 2010
Michael Waterson
Aspects of competition in the electricity industry in the UK

18 March 2010
Mike Walker
How has Economics Made a Difference to European Competition Policy?

17 February 2010
Daniel Rubinfeld
Empirical Issues in Antitrust


10 December 2009
Benoit Durand
International Airline Alliances under Article 101 of the EC Treaty

3 December 2009
Hans Friederiszick
Competition between Railway Operators and Low Cost Carriers in Long-Distance Passenger Transport

19 November 2009
Christoph Riechmann
Competition Enquiries in the Dutch Gas Sector - Economics Put to Practice

5 November 2009
Ulrich Schwalbe
Leniency Programs - Economic Models and Legal Practice

29 October 2009
Szabolcs Lorincz
Use and Abuse of Quantitative Analysis in Merger Control

1 October 2009
Thomas W. Ross
Some Anticompetitive Effects of Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

4 June 2009
Maarten P. Schinkel
On the Overcharge Method as a Measure for Antitrust Damages

28 May 2009
Justus Haucap
Competition and Price Discrimination in the German Mobile Telecommunications Market

30 April 2009
Peter Mollgaard
Fishy business: Multi-jurisdictional treatment of a horizontal merger in salmon farming

19 March 2009
Patrick Rey
Interconnection Agreements and Network Competition

5 March 2009
Michael Waldman
Competition, Monopoly and Aftermarkets


4 December 2008
Christian Ewald
Economics in Competition Law - Challenges and Desired Standards

6 November 2008
Gabor Kezdi
Estimating Switching Costs from Aggregated Data

9 October 2008
Yannis Katsoulacos
On Optimal Legal Standards for Competition Policy: A General Welfare-Based Analysis

11 September 2008
Jorge Padilla
Are Joint Negotiations in Standard Setting "Reasonably Necessary"?