Recent Developments at DG Competition: 2017/2018

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Andrea Amelio

European Union - Directorate General for Competition

Thomas Buettner

Independent

Cyril Hariton

Toulouse Business School

Gabor Koltay

European Union - Directorate General for Competition

Penelope Papandropoulos

European Union - Directorate General for Competition

Geza Sapi

European Commission, DG Competition, Chief Economist's Team; Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf - Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE)

Tommaso M. Valletti

Imperial College Business School; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Hans Zenger

European Union - Directorate General for Competition

Date Written: November 1, 2018

Abstract

The Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission enforces competition law in the areas of antitrust, merger control, and state aids. This year’s article provides first a general presentation of the role of the Chief Competition Economist’s team and surveys some of the main achievements of the Directorate General for Competition over 2017/2018. The article then reviews: the Google Search (Shopping) case, the role of price discrimination in state aid cases; and the use of counterfactuals in merger cases where alternative transactions might have occurred absent the merger.

Keywords: Competition Policy, Antitrust, Mergers, State Aid, Counterfactual, Google, Price Discrimination

Suggested Citation

Amelio, Andrea and Buettner, Thomas and Hariton, Cyril and Koltay, Gabor and Papandropoulos, Penelope and Sapi, Geza and Valletti, Tommaso M. and Zenger, Hans, Recent Developments at DG Competition: 2017/2018 (November 1, 2018). Review of Industrial Organization, Vol. 53, No. 4, pp. 653-679, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3283319

Andrea Amelio

European Union - Directorate General for Competition ( email )

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Belgium

Thomas Buettner

Independent ( email )

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Cyril Hariton

Toulouse Business School ( email )

20, bd Lascrosses - BP 7010
Toulouse Cedex 7, 31068
France

Gabor Koltay

European Union - Directorate General for Competition ( email )

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Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Noode
Brussels, B-1049
Belgium

Penelope Papandropoulos

European Union - Directorate General for Competition ( email )

Place Madou, Madouplein 1
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Noode
Brussels, B-1049
Belgium

Geza Sapi

European Commission, DG Competition, Chief Economist's Team ( email )

Place Madou, Madouplein 1
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Noode
Brussels, B-1049
Belgium

Heinrich Heine University Dusseldorf - Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) ( email )

Universitaetsstr. 1
Duesseldorf, NRW 40225
Germany

Tommaso M. Valletti

Imperial College Business School ( email )

South Kensington Campus
Exhibition Road
London SW7 2AZ, SW7 2AZ
United Kingdom

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

Hans Zenger (Contact Author)

European Union - Directorate General for Competition ( email )

Place Madou, Madouplein 1
Saint-Josse-ten-Noode/Sint-Joost-ten-Noode
Brussels, B-1049
Belgium

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