The Role of Quality in Competition Analysis

34 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2013  

Jeremy K. West

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation; OECD Competition Division

Anna R. Pisarkiewicz

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Date Written: June 4, 2013

Abstract

Nominally, competition policy is just as concerned with quality as it is with prices. But in practice, courts and competition authorities rarely analyze quality effects as rigorously as they analyze price effects. We begin this paper by examining some of the reasons why that is so. We then delve into some definitional questions associated with quality, including whether choice is an aspect of quality, and whether quality can be used to define markets. Then we turn to the question of how changes in the level of competition affect quality, examining that issue from the perspectives of both microeconomic theory and empirical studies. Finally, we look at how quality concerns have been analyzed by courts and competition authorities in a variety of competition law enforcement contexts.

Keywords: quality, choice, range, variety

JEL Classification: K21, L11, L42

Suggested Citation

West, Jeremy K. and Pisarkiewicz, Anna R., The Role of Quality in Competition Analysis (June 4, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2288043 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2288043

Jeremy K. West (Contact Author)

Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation ( email )

2 rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, 75775
France

OECD Competition Division ( email )

2, rue Andre Pascal
Paris Cedex 16, F-75775
France

Anna R. Pisarkiewicz

European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )

Villa La Fonte, via delle Fontanelle 18
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole
Florence, Florence 50014
Italy

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