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The Influence of Collusion on Price Changes: New Evidence from Major Cartel Cases


Korbinian Von Blanckenburg


Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe

Alexander Geist


affiliation not provided to SSRN

Konstantin A. Kholodilin


German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin)

May 1, 2010

DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1004

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In this paper, we compare the distribution of price changes between collusive and noncollusive periods for ten major cartels. The first moments focus on previous research. We extend the discussion to the third (skewness) and fourth (kurtosis) moments. However, none of the above descriptive statistics can be considered as a robust test allowing a differentiation between competition and cartel. Therefore, we implement the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. According to our results, 8 out of 10 cartels were successful in controlling the market price for a number of years. The proposed methodology may be used for antitrust screening and regulatory purposes.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: Cartel Detection, Collusion, Competition Policy

JEL Classification: L10, L60

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Date posted: July 13, 2010  

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von Blanckenburg, Korbinian and Geist, Alexander and Kholodilin, Konstantin A., The Influence of Collusion on Price Changes: New Evidence from Major Cartel Cases (May 1, 2010). DIW Berlin Discussion Paper No. 1004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1639452 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1639452

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Korbinian Von Blanckenburg (Contact Author)
Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe ( email )
Liebigstraße 87
Lemgo, 32657
Germany
Alexander Geist
affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )
Konstantin A. Kholodilin
German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) ( email )
Mohrenstraße 58
Berlin, 10117
Germany
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