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Competition Policy: Theory and Practice

ISBN13: 9780521016919
ISBN: 0521016916
Published: January 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £45.99

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This is the first book to provide a systematic treatment of the economics of antitrust (or competition policy) in a global context. It draws on the literature of industrial organisation and on original analyses to deal with such important issues as cartels, joint-ventures, mergers, vertical contracts, predatory pricing, exclusionary practices, and price discrimination, and to formulate policy implications on these issues.

The interaction between theory and practice is one of the main features of the book, which contains frequent references to competition policy cases and a few fully developed case studies. The treatment is written to appeal to practitioners and students, to lawyers and economists.

Competition Law
Part I. Competition Policy: History, Objectives and the Law:
1. Introduction
2. Brief history of competition policy
3. Objectives of competition policy, and other public policies
4. The main features of European competition law
5. Exercises

Part II. Market Power and Welfare: Introduction:
6. Overview of the chapter
7. Allocative efficiency
8. Productive efficiency
9. Dynamic efficiency
10. Public policies and incentives to innovate
11. Monopoly: will the market fix it all?
12. Summary and policy conclusions
13. Exercises
14. Solutions of exercises

Part III. Market Definition and the Assessment of Market Power:
15. Introduction
16. Market definition
17. The assessment of market power
18. Exercises

Part IV. Collusion and Horizontal Agreements:
19. Introduction
20. Factors that facilitate collusion
21. Advanced material
22. Practice: what should be legal and what illegal?
23. Joint-ventures and other horizontal agreements
24. A case of parallel behaviour: wood pulp
25. Exercises

Part V. Horizontal Mergers:
26. Introduction,
27. Unilateral effects
28. Pro-collusive effects
29. A more general model
30. Merger remedies
31. Merger policy in the European Union
32. Case studies
33. Exercises

Part VI. Vertical Restraints and Vertical Mergers:
34. What are vertical restraints?
35. Intra-brand competition
36. Inter-brand competition
37. Anti-competitive effects: leverage and foreclosure
38. Conclusions and policy implications
39. Cases
40. Exercises

Part VII. Predation, Monopolisation, and Other Abusive Practices:
41. Introduction
42. Predatory pricing
43. Non-price monopolisation practices
44. Price discrimination
45. US v. Microsoft
46. Exercises
47. Solutions of exercises;
Part VIII. A Toolkit: Game Theory and Imperfect Competition Models:
48. Introduction
49. Monopoly
50. Oligopoly I: market competition in static games
51. Oligopoly II: dynamic games
52. Appendix.