Collusion as Environmental Protection - An Economic Assessment
27 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2020
Date Written: September 15, 2020
This article looks at the relationship between the environment and competition law. It shows that cooperative agreements in industries where there are significant pollution or open access resources such as fisheries may improve economic welfare and the environment. However, except for cooperative agreements among users of open access resources, this is likely to be coincidental and facilitate collusion. The pros and cons of expanding Article 101(3) TFEU to take account of third-party and wider benefits are examined, and whether competition authorities should pursue environmental protection.
Keywords: Article 101TFEU, antitrust, cooperative agreements, cartel, environment, sustainability, pollution, fisheries, open-access resource
JEL Classification: K21, L13, L40, Q01
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