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Recent Developments at DG Competition: 2017/2018

Authors
  • Amelio, Andrea1
  • Buettner, Thomas2
  • Hariton, Cyril3
  • Koltay, Gábor4
  • Papandropoulos, Penelope5
  • Sapi, Geza6
  • Valletti, Tommaso7, 8
  • Zenger, Hans9
  • 1 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 18/058, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 2 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/025, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 3 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/037, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 4 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/021, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 5 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/053, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 6 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/005, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 7 Imperial College Business School, South Kensington Campus, London, SW7 2AZ, UK , London (United Kingdom)
  • 8 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/026, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
  • 9 European Commission, Directorate-General for Competition, MADO 17/014, Brussels, 1049, Belgium , Brussels (Belgium)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Review of Industrial Organization
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Nov 01, 2018
Volume
53
Issue
4
Pages
653–679
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11151-018-9671-7
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The Directorate General for Competition at the European Commission enforces competition law in the areas of antitrust, merger control, and state aids. This year’s article provides first a general presentation of the role of the Chief Competition Economist’s team and surveys some of the main achievements of the Directorate General for Competition over 2017/2018. The article then reviews: the Google Search (Shopping) case, the role of price discrimination in state aid cases; and the use of counterfactuals in merger cases where alternative transactions might have occurred absent the merger.

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