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  7 December 2021  Zoom

 

THE 2021 OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON COMPETITION WILL DISCUSS ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND EVIDENCE IN ABUSE CASES

The enforcement of laws against the abuse of dominance or monopolisation by firms with substantial market power can involve significant challenges. The theories of harm, rooted in economic concepts, depend significantly on the conditions in a particular market – conduct that is harmful in one case may be procompetitive in another. Thus, there is a need to conduct a careful economic assessment of the conduct in question. A range of economic tools and evidence will be needed in this process.

This roundtable discussion will seek to provide practical advice on a range of topics associated with analysis in abuse (or monopolisation) cases, including:

  • What theories of harm may apply, and what is the economic basis for these theories?
  • What analytical techniques can be used to assess these theories, and what types of evidence are needed to use them?
  • How should authorities proceed in gathering evidence in abuse cases, and what strategies can authorities use when quantitative evidence is limited?
  • What other practical issues should authorities consider when undertaking analysis of abuse cases, for instance with respect to having the right expertise?

In December 2021, the OECD Global Forum on Competition will feature an expert panel discussion and breakout discussions to encourage the sharing of experiences among delegates.

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Speakers
 
Claudio Calcagno bio pic Claudio CALCAGNO Bio 
Director
GMT Economics
Helen Jenkis bio pic Helen JENKINS Bio  
Managing Partner
Oxera
Simon Roberts bio pic Simon ROBERTS Bio 
Professor
University of Johannesburg
Elizabeth Xiao-Ru Wang bio pic Elizabeth XIAO-RU WANG Bio 
Executive Vice President
Compass Lexecon
Documents

Call for contributions

Background note by Simon Roberts

Summaries of contributions

Contributions

Albania
Brazil
Canada
Colombia
Fiji
Greece
Israel
Japan
Kenya
Korea

Latvia
Mexico 
Russian Federation
Slovenia
South Africa
Chinese Taipei
Turkey
Ukraine
BIAC

 


Global Forum blog series

Blog #1: Trade and Competition: Best Friends Forever?

Blog #2: What can economics contribute to abuse of dominance investigations?

Blog #3: The important role of competition authorities in promoting competitive neutrality

Videos

Helen Jenkins and the assessment of market power in abuse cases

Simon Roberts and the fundamentals of economic analysis in abuse cases

Abuse of Dominance explained in 7 minutes

Related links

Abuse of dominance in digital markets, Global Forum on Competition 2020

Competition/excessive pricing in pharmaceuticals, OECD Policy Roundtables, 2018

Rethinking antitrust enforcement tools in multi-sided markets, OECD Hearing, 2017

Competition issues in aftermarkets, OECD Policy Roundtables, 2017

Fidelity rebates and competition, OECD Policy Roundtables, 2017

Competition, Intellectual Property and Standard Setting, OECD Hearing, 2014

OECD Competition Youtube channel

Competition policy responses to COVID-19, 2020

Global Forum website

Full list of Competition Policy Roundtables

 

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