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.

Dates

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.

Past Events

28.04.2022

European Data Act

Speaker: Susanne Ding (German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport)

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07.04.2022

Universal Service Under The New Telecommunications Act

Speaker: Cara Schwarz-Schilling (Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur und Kommunikationsdienste (WIK))

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24.03.2022

The Digital Sector: Challenges for Competition Law and Policy

Speaker: Frédéric Jenny (OECD and ESSEC Business School, Paris, France)

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10.03.2022

Interoperability and IOT

Speaker: René Arnold (Vice President Public Affairs Strategy, Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen, China)

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03.03.2022

Competition Law and Policy in Brazil

Speaker: Patrícia Sakowski (Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE))

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24.02.2022

Should We Expect Uncertain Merger Synergies to Be Passed Through to Consumers?

Speaker: Andrew Sweeting (University of Maryland, College Park, USA and Former Chief Economist of the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C., USA)

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09.12.2021

Increasing Market Power and Merger Control

Speaker: Hans Zenger (European Commission DG for Competition, Brussels, Belgium)

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02.12.2021

Competition Law and Sustainability

Speaker: Christian Miege (Thyssenkrupp AG, Essen)

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28.10.2021

No Poach Agreements and Competition: An Overview

Speaker: Ana Sofia Rodrigues (Autoridade da Concorrência, Portugal)

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