The Role of Intent in Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization

Pınar Akman,Or Brook, Konstantinos Stylianou (eds), Research Handbook on Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization (Edward Elgar, 2022 Forthcoming)

Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3982584

16 Pages Posted: 14 Dec 2021

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Mariateresa Maggiolino

Bocconi University - Department of Legal Studies; Ask Research Center

Date Written: December 10, 2021

Abstract

Under Section 2 of the Sherman Act and Article 102 TFEU, antitrust decision-makers use firms’ intent for evidentiary purposes, i.e., to understand if the conduct under their scrutiny is likely to harm competition. This practice raises two main concerns. First, one can question – as the international community has often done – if the analysis of firms’ intent may actually reveal the competitive impact of a given behaviour. Second, one may discuss – and this is the original contribution that the chapter offers – if and why antitrust decision-makers should ever be permitted to use firms’ intent to prove the occurrence of a conduct capable of harming competition under Section 2 and Article 102. The chapter answers these questions, while giving food for thought for future research.

Keywords: intent, economic rationality, subjective element, evidence, monopolization, abuse of dominance

JEL Classification: K21

Suggested Citation

Maggiolino, Mariateresa, The Role of Intent in Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization (December 10, 2021). Pınar Akman,Or Brook, Konstantinos Stylianou (eds), Research Handbook on Abuse of Dominance and Monopolization (Edward Elgar, 2022 Forthcoming), Bocconi Legal Studies Research Paper No. 3982584, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3982584

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