Blowing the Whistle
32 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2003
Date Written: April 28, 2003
Leniency clauses, offering cartelists legal immunity if they blow the whistle on each other, is a recent anti-trust innovation. The authorities wish to thwart cartels and promote competition. This effect is not evident, however; whistle-blowing may enforce trust and collusion by providing a tool for cartelists to punish each other. We examine the impact of leniency law, and other rules, theoretically and experimentally.
Keywords: Anti-trust, leniency, immunity, amnesty, blow the whistle, cartels, price competition, Bertrand model, experiment, communication
JEL Classification: C92, D43, L13
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