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 MCPF is organised by Professor Martin Peitz and Professor Jens-Uwe Franck.


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.


University of Mannheim, room S 031, in L7, 3-5 unless otherwise specified. This is the building of the economics department, entrance vis-à-vis ZEW, in the basement to the right.

Upcoming Events


Abuse of Dominance: Google Play Store Case

Speaker: Hwa Jung Lee (Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC))

Location: Online


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Past Events


Some Anticompetitive Effects of Strategic Alliances and Joint Ventures

Speaker: Thomas W. Ross (University of British Columbia, Canada)

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On the Overcharge Method as a Measure for Antitrust Damages

Speaker: Maarten P. Schinkel (University of Amsterdam)

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Competition and Price Discrimination in the German Mobile Telecommunications Market

Speaker: Justus Haucap (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg)

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Fishy Business: Multi-Jurisdictional Treatment of a Horizontal Merger in Salmon Farming

Speaker: Peter Mollgaard (Department of Economics Copenhagen Business School, Denmark)

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Interconnection Agreements and Network Competition

Speaker: Patrick Rey (Université Toulouse, France)

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Competition, Monopoly and Aftermarkets

Speaker: Michael Waldman (Cornell University, New York, USA)

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Economics in Competition Law - Challenges and Desired Standards

Speaker: Christian Ewald (Bundeskartellamt)

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Estimating Switching Costs from Aggregated Data

Speaker: Gabor Kezdi (Central European University)

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On Optimal Legal Standards for Competition Policy: A General Welfare-Based Analysis

Speaker: Yannis Katsoulacos (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

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Are Joint Negotiations in Standard Setting "Reasonably Necessary"?

Speaker: Jorge Padilla (Compass Lexecon, Chicago, USA)

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