Cartels: The Probability of Getting Caught in the European Union

27 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2007 Last revised: 2 Oct 2008

Emmanuel Combe

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Constance Monnier

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

Renaud Legal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Abstract

In 1991, Bryant and Eckard estimated the annual probability that a cartel would be detected by the US Federal authorities, conditional on being detected, to be at most between 13% and 17%. In this paper, we develop a general stochastic detection model so as to describe the dynamic that governs the number of cartels alive at a given time. On the basis of this model, we estimated the same probability as Bryant and Eckard, 15 years later, over a European sample and we found an annual probability that falls between 12.9% and 13.3%. Our estimate is based on detection durations, calculated from data reported for all the cartels convicted by the European Commission from 1969 to the present date, and a statistical birth and death process model describing the onset and detection of cartels.

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Keywords: Cartels, duration, analysis, birth and death process

JEL Classification: L41, C34, C41

Suggested Citation

Combe, Emmanuel and Monnier, Constance and Legal, Renaud, Cartels: The Probability of Getting Caught in the European Union. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1015061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1015061

Emmanuel Combe

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

17, rue de la Sorbonne
Paris, IL 75005
France

Constance Monnier (Contact Author)

Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne ( email )

17, rue de la Sorbonne
Paris, IL 75005
France

Renaud Legal

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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