17 Jun 2024

IO Summer School on Platform Economics

17-19 June | In-Person/Online | Register Here

Registrations are now open for this in-person training course on industrial organisation, dedicated to some of the central questions in platform economics, their application to competition cases, and the ensuing formulation of competition policy.

The summer school consists of a lecture series and a number of economic and legal case clinics:


The lectures, given by Prof. Kai-Uwe Kühn, former Chief Economist of DG Competition, explore three central topics: Vertical restraints, competition between marketplaces, and two-sided markets. They focus on the exposition of the theory, adding empirical evidence and examples from competition cases.


The lectures are supplemented by empirical and legal clinics. The empirical clinics explore a particular empirical problem and expose a key method through lecture, demonstration and discussion. The legal clinics deepen the under-standing of each lecture through an in- depth discussion of case(s) with a panel led by at least one lawyer and one economist.

Who is this course for?

This short intensive summer school is for those interested in gaining a better understanding of the economic underpinning of industrial organisation and platform economics. It is particularly well suited for:

  • Early to mid-career government, regulatory and competition agency officials
  • Early to mid-career economics practitioners
  • Post graduate students
  • Early career academics with an interest in platforms
  • Private company regulatory and compliance officials
  • Legal professionals who need to deepen their understanding of the underpinnings of platform markets to work better with economists

Topics Covered in 2024 will include:

  • Gatekeepers and Vertical Restraints
  • Guess (Case AT-40428 - Guess, decision of 17 December 2018)
  • Measuring Market Power
  • Competition between Marketplaces
  • Data-Driven Markets
  • App Stores
  • Empirical methods for platforms and digital platforms
  • Multi-sided markets (including MFNs)
  • Counterfactuals in UK Credit Card damages cases from Competition Appeals Tribunal, Appellate Courts and the Supreme Court

£395 Practitioners / £95 PhD students