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The Economics of Parallel Trade – Iconoclast Views on a Dogma of EU Competition Law


Nicolas Petit


University of Liege

August 19, 2010


Abstract:     
This paper attempts to demonstrate that whilst parallel trade (also referred to as “grey market trade” in the United States, or as “arbitrage” in economic theory) in the European Union is subject to a remarkably favourable legal regime, the economic case supporting this approach remains to be made. To this end, it shows that the position of the EU Courts, and more generally of the EU institutions, is far from unquestionable in light of the relevant economic literature.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Parallel trade, competition law, intellectual property, consumer welfare

JEL Classification: K21, L4

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Date posted: August 21, 2010 ; Last revised: September 5, 2010

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Petit, Nicolas, The Economics of Parallel Trade – Iconoclast Views on a Dogma of EU Competition Law (August 19, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1661884 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1661884

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University of Liege ( email )
B-4000 Liege
Belgium
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