Based at the University of East Anglia, the Centre for Competition Policy incorporates economic, legal, management, political science and sociological perspectives to produce inter-disciplinary research into competition policy and regulation that has real-world policy relevance, without compromising academic rigour.
Members include academic staff, researchers and PhD students drawn from the School of Economics, UEA Law School, Norwich Business School and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies. All have a wide range of knowledge and interest within the field of competition policy and regulation, and maintain the centre’s founding belief that a properly regulated, competitive market can provide consumers with the products they want at the best possible prices. Read more
Next CCP Seminar
The CCP Seminar Series will resume on Friday 27 September with Matthew Olczak (Aston Business School) presenting on 'The Role of the Maverick Firm Concept in European Commission Merger Decisions'.
ABSTRACT: The maverick ﬁrm concept recognizes the fact that certain ﬁrms may be inherently different from their rivals. This paper provides evidence on the use of this concept in European Commission merger decisions. We ﬁnd that it has been relatively rarely used. However, where it has, maverick behaviour has been considered in a diverse range of industries and the candidate ﬁrms have been both insiders and outsiders to the merger. We then examine in detail the few cases where the existence of a maverick was eventually established by the Commission. All of these cases occurred after the 2004 change in the Merger Regulation and predominantly when analyzing the likelihood that unilateral effects would result from the merger. We suggest that this may be reconciled with economic theory by a more general need to take into account post-merger product repositioning.
The seminar will take place between 1-2pm in REG 3.15 with tea will be served directly afterwards.
For the full seminar series programme please visit our website: http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/events/ccp-seminar-series