Leniency Policies and Cartel Success: An Experiment
27 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2021 Last revised: 1 Mar 2022
Date Written: June 30, 2021
Cartels are often fought by granting leniency, in the form of forgiveness of penalties, to whistle-blowers. This study employs a laboratory experiment to compare leniency programs that differ with respect to fine size and whether a second whistle-blower may apply for leniency. The results show that leniency does not affect the probability that a cartel forms, but is effective in exposing cartels and thereby inhibiting cartel success. Higher fines are more effective, but allowing leniency to a second whistle-blower is no more effective than granting leniency to only one whistle-blower.
Keywords: Antitrust, Cartel, Leniency policy, Experiment
JEL Classification: K21, K41, L4
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