Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance

Course overview

Abuse of dominance (or monopolization) is certainly the most debated area in competition policy. Recent cases in several jurisdictions around the world have only increased the interest of scholars and practitioners. In Europe, for instance, the path-breaking Intel judgment gives centrality to (and obliges competition agencies to deal with) economic analysis in abuse cases; the Google shopping decision by the European Commission calls into question the possible abusive practices of the dominant platforms which pervade our life; and excessive price cases in the pharmaceutical industry address a worldwide problem but also raise questions about whether competition authorities may end up acting as price regulators.

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of the most recent economic theories of monopolization, will help them apply these concepts in practice, and will review actual cases in the light of an effects-based approach. The program’s faculty includes leading internationally-renowned competition scholars and practitioners with extensive experience of the application of economic techniques to competition cases in this area.

Lecturers

  • Lorenzo Coppi (Executive Vice President, Compass Lexecon)
  • Chiara Fumagalli (Associate Professor of Economics, Bocconi University)
  • Massimo Motta (Professor of Economics, ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission)
  • Simon Roberts (Director of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development, University of Johannesburg; former Chief Economist and Manager of the Policy & Research Division, South Africa Competition Commission)

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Key benefits

  • Review established and recent economic theories of abuse through a largely non-formal exposition also accessible to non-economists
  • Understand the distinguishing economic features of possible types of abuse, including price and non-price conduct
  • Identify the core elements of an effects-based approach for the assessment of unilateral conduct
  • Acquire the tools to apply a sound economic approach to monopolization cases
  • Review and understand the key economic considerations behind landmark competition cases on abuse of dominance
  • Learn to structure potential abuse of dominance claims and/or defenses in an economically coherent way
  • Acquire the ability to critically evaluate economic analysis and submissions in abuse of dominance matters
  • Learn to assess the regulatory risk of a large firm's conduct