Customer-Focused Competitive Effects Analysis and the Role of Transportation Costs

Transportation, Energy & Antitrust A publication of the Transportation and Energy Industries Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association Fall 2014

11 Pages Posted: 14 Apr 2017

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David A. Weiskopf

Compass Lexecon; Johns Hopkins University

Robert Bourke

Compass Lexecon

Date Written: October 30, 2014

Abstract

Although using customer and supplier location data in the context of antitrust analysis is commonplace, such data are generally used for the purpose of defining the relevant geographic market and assessing the competitive effects of a merger by focusing on customer locations in terms of a suppliers’ “customer base” rather than on the locations of customers from the standpoint of their supply options. 9 We believe that the customer-focused competitive analysis described in this paper, particularly when used in conjunction with other information and analysis bearing on competitive effects (e.g., an assessment of entry barriers), can help illuminate whether a proposed merger raises concerns regarding competitive effects.

Keywords: Antitrust

Suggested Citation

Weiskopf, David A. and Bourke, Robert, Customer-Focused Competitive Effects Analysis and the Role of Transportation Costs (October 30, 2014). Transportation, Energy & Antitrust A publication of the Transportation and Energy Industries Committee of the Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association Fall 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2952440

David A. Weiskopf

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Johns Hopkins University ( email )

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Robert Bourke (Contact Author)

Compass Lexecon ( email )

United States

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