Does Experience Make You ‘Tougher’? Evidence from Competition Law

Garside, L., P.A. Grout and A. Zalewska (2013) Does experience make you ‘tougher’? Evidence from Competition Law, Economic Journal 123, 474-490 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02560.x

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Ludivine Garside

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Paul A. Grout

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO)

Anna (Ania) Zalewska

University of Leicester School of Business

Date Written: April 1, 2012

Abstract

This paper investigates experience effects for public officials. Using a unique data set of companies investigated under UK competition law, we find very strong experience effects for chairman of investigation panels, estimated from the increase in experience of individual chairman. Probit and IV probit regressions indicate that replacing an inexperienced chairman with one of average experience increases the probability of a ‘guilty’ outcome by approximately 30% and after chairing around 30 cases a chairmen is predicted to find almost every case guilty.

Keywords: Public Officials, Experience, Competition Law

JEL Classification: D69, D73, D78

Suggested Citation

Garside, Ludivine and Grout, Paul A. and Zalewska, Anna, Does Experience Make You ‘Tougher’? Evidence from Competition Law (April 1, 2012). Garside, L., P.A. Grout and A. Zalewska (2013) Does experience make you ‘tougher’? Evidence from Competition Law, Economic Journal 123, 474-490 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0297.2012.02560.x , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1689923 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1689923

Ludivine Garside

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

Bristol Institute of Public Affairs
2 Priory Road
Bristol, BS8 1TX
United Kingdom

Paul A. Grout

University of Bristol - Leverhulme Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO) ( email )

Mary Paley Building
12 Priory Road Department of Economics
Bristol BS8 1TN
United Kingdom

Anna Zalewska (Contact Author)

University of Leicester School of Business ( email )

United Kingdom

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