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.

Past Events


FRAND Gatekeepers

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

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Competitive Assessment of Loyalty Rebates

Speaker: Aleksandra Boutin (Positive Competition, Brussels)

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Digital Developments in the UK

Speaker: Dr. Jenny Haydock (Competition and Markets Authority United Kingdom)

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European Data Act

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

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Universal Service Under The New Telecommunications Act

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

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The Digital Sector: Challenges for Competition Law and Policy

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

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Interoperability and IOT

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

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Competition Law and Policy in Brazil

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

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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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