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


Increasing Market Power and Merger Control

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

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Competition Law and Sustainability

Speaker: Christian Miege (Thyssenkrupp AG, Essen)

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No Poach Agreements and Competition: An Overview

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

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Do Economists Have a Useful Role to Play in Competition Policy (and Do they Play it)?

Speaker: Michael Katz (Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, USA)

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Wirecard as an Example: Revisions of the Stock Corporation Act as Remedies for Economic and Social Deficiencies

Speaker: Arne Wittig (Former General Counsel of Thyssenkrupp and Deutsche Bank)

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Blockchain vs. Platforms

Speaker: Hanna Halaburda (New York University, USA)

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Price Beating Guarantees in the Chilean Hardware Stores and Home Improvement Market

Speaker: Gastón Palmucci (Fiscalía Nacional Económica (FNE), Chile)

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Platform as a Rule Maker: Evidence from Airbnb's Cancellation Policies

Speaker: Ginger Zhe Jin (University of Maryland, USA)

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Competition Policy Development Involving Online Platforms

Speaker: Thomas Weck (German Monopolies Commission)

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