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European Antitrust Policy 1957-2004: An Analysis of Commission Decisions


Martin A. Carree


University of Maastricht - Department of Organization & Strategy

Andrea Günster


ETH Zürich - Center for Law & Economics; Maastricht University - Department of Organization & Strategy

Maarten Pieter Schinkel


University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE); Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA)

August 12, 2009

Review of Industrial Organization, Forthcoming
Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2008-06

Abstract:     
This paper provides a survey of European antitrust law enforcement since its foundation in the Treaty of Rome of 1957 up to and including 2004. We present a complete overview and statistical analysis of all 538 formal Commission decisions under Articles 81, 82 and 86 of the European Community Treaty. We report a range of summary statistics concerning report route, investigation duration, length of the decision, decision type, imposed fines, number of parties, sector classification, nationality and Commissioner and Director General responsible. The statistics are linked to changes in legislation and administrative implementation, thereby providing a historical overview that summarizes the Commission's work in the area of antitrust. We estimate the determinants of the size of the imposed fine in case of an infringement. Against 166 of 538 decisions one or more appeals were lodged. We estimate the determinants of probability that a finding of an infringement is appealed against.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 43

Keywords: Appeal, Competition policy, European Commission

JEL Classification: L40, K21

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Date posted: July 17, 2008 ; Last revised: March 30, 2011

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Carree, Martin A. and Günster, Andrea and Schinkel, Maarten Pieter, European Antitrust Policy 1957-2004: An Analysis of Commission Decisions (August 12, 2009). Review of Industrial Organization, Forthcoming; Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2008-06. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1162145 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1162145

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Martin A. Carree (Contact Author)
University of Maastricht - Department of Organization & Strategy ( email )
P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200 MD
Netherlands
Andrea Günster
ETH Zürich - Center for Law & Economics ( email )
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Maastricht University - Department of Organization & Strategy ( email )
P.O. Box 616
Maastricht, 6200MD
Netherlands
Maarten Pieter Schinkel
University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics (ACLE) ( email )
Roetersstraat 11
1018 WB Amsterdam
Netherlands
+31 20 525 7132 (Phone)
+31 20 525 5318 (Fax)
Tinbergen Institute - Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam (TIA) ( email )
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