Analyzing the Determinants of Temporary Antitrust Immunity Seeking Behavior:
The Dispensation Requests in the Netherlands

28 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2011  

Erik Brouwer

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Fatih Cemil Ozbugday

Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University - Department of Economics

Date Written: March 21, 2011

Abstract

This paper examines the determinants of antitrust immunity seeking behavior at industry level for the Netherlands. Our findings suggest that market structure and the level of competition are important determinants of antitrust immunity seeking behavior. There were more dispensation requests in less competitive industries. On the other hand, we could not find systematic evidence for the impact of the degree of interaction and asymmetry on antitrust immunity seeking behavior in the Netherlands, even though we had legitimate reasons to believe that they had. Finally, we could not detect any effect of market demand growth and profitability on exemption application counts.

This paper has also been accepted for publication in the Journal of Competition Law and Economics.

Keywords: Agreements, Antitrust Immunity, Competition Law, Negative Binomial Count Models, the Netherlands

JEL Classification: L40, K21, L41, L49

Suggested Citation

Brouwer, Erik and Ozbugday, Fatih Cemil, Analyzing the Determinants of Temporary Antitrust Immunity Seeking Behavior: The Dispensation Requests in the Netherlands (March 21, 2011). TILEC Discussion Paper No. 2011-018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1791505

Erik Brouwer (Contact Author)

Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) ( email )

Warandelaan 2
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands

Fatih Cemil Ozbugday

Ankara Yildirim Beyazit University - Department of Economics ( email )

Cicek St. No 1 Ulus
Ankara, 06500
Turkey

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