Context

Competition policy issues are now more prominent in the public debate than at any point in decades.  The purpose of the Competition Policy RPN is to become a leading platform for the critical discussion of competition policy design and outcomes worldwide.   

Overview

Competition policy issues are now more prominent in the public debate than at any point in decades.  Academic research increasingly suggests that margins and concentration have been rising across the economy for over 40 years.  The growing market power of giant digital platforms raise concerns about privacy and data protection, exploitation of consumers and small businesses, and foreclosure of smaller rivals.  Issues such as algorithmic collusion, “killer acquisitions,” and common ownership are all rising in policy debates.  While there is debate about the sources and consequences of these trends, there is a growing realisation that there has been underenforcement of competition law with respect to both merger control and abuse of dominant market positions, leading to multiple regulatory initiatives in the EU, US, UK, and Australia. Much remains to be done, including agreeing on guiding principles, specific rules, and implementation mechanisms, both in digital markets and beyond. 

The purpose of the CEPR Competition Policy RPN is to become a leading platform for the critical discussion of competition policy design and outcomes worldwide.  This is particularly important in an adversarial context like competition enforcement, where parties with “skin in the game” seek to shape the public debate by sponsoring research favourable to their point of view.  The RPN seeks to create a network of academics and enforcers to evaluate both influential decisions and academic research, and generate practical guidance to promote better policymaking as well as more policy-relevant academic research.  

Transparency in these discussions is important, and the RPN has a strict disclosure policy for all participants in RPN events (see below). 

Leadership

The Competition Policy RPN was founded by Gregory S. Crawford, Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich, and Cristina Caffarra, of Charles River Associates. The current leader is Tommaso Valletti, Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School.  It is supported by a Steering Committee consisting of Rod Sims (Chair), former chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Caffarra and Crawford (Vice-Chairs),  Tomaso Duso, Professor of Economics at DIW Berlin and TU Berlin and member of the Board of Directors and spokesperson for the Berlin Centre for Competition Policies (BCCP), and Monika Schnitzer, Chair (Professor) in Comparative Economics at LMU Munich and member of the German Council of Economic Experts.

Members 

A list of members can be found here

Events

The primary activity of the RPN is to organize workshops and conferences that bring together leading academics, enforcers, and policymakers to discuss topical policy questions in antitrust and regulation.  It aims to create a bridge between the enforcers and policymakers facing practical policy questions and the academics with an interest in these questions.

The RPN hosts two types of events.  The first type (“bottom-up”) brings together academics, practicing economists, and regulators to discuss the current thinking on specific topics of high contemporary policy interest.  The second (“top-down”) brings to the table those shaping and implementing the competition policy agenda worldwide, including heads of competition agencies, politicians, and other thought leaders in the competition policy space.  In the first type of event, both relevant casework and academic papers on the chosen topic are presented and discussed in a format accessible to a policy audience.

Transparency in these discussions is important, therefore participation in any event organized by the CEPR Competition Policy RPN requires strict adherence to the disclosure policies.

Past events (most recent first)

  • The Competition Policy RPN has been holding a panel during the CEPR Paris Symposium on 1st June 2022 from 14:00 - 15:00 CET. Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London and CEPR) acted as Chair and the panellists were Benoit Coeuré (Autorité de la Concurrence), Mar Réguant (Northwestern University, Barcelona School of Economics and CEPR), Rod Sims (Australian National University) and Martin Watzinger (University of Münster and CEPR). More information on this event is available here
  • 17 February 2022:  Regulating ecommerce platforms? Economics and Policy
  • Public event co-organized with MaCCI.
    • Further information and recordings available here

 

 

 

 

   
  •  November 1, 2021:  RPN Discussion Event on App Stores
    • Further information available here.
    • This discussion was held under Chatham House Rule and so there is no public video recording available. 

 

  • June 17, 2021: Privacy & Antitrust: "integration", not just "Intersection.
    • Our inaugural event!
      • Further information and video recordings of the two panels are available here.

Upcoming Events 

  • July 14, 2022: Antitrust Enforcement, Inflation and Corporate Greed. What do we know? (for RPN and CEPR IO members only).
 
   
   

To see a complete list of all Competition Policy RPN events, please go here.  

Output 

  • April 26, 2022: Competition Policy RPN. Achievements and next steps. 
    • Click here to hear the VoxTalk with RPN chair, Rod Sims, and director, Tommaso Valletti. 
  • June 17, 2021: Privacy & Antitrust: "integration", not just "Intersection.
    • Click here to see the two fabulous panels at our inaugural event.
    • Click here to hear the VoxTalk with RPN co-founders Greg Crawford and Cristina Caffarra.
  • June 7, 2021: Turning competition research into competition policy.
    • Click here to hear the VoxTalk with RPN co-founders Greg Crawford and Cristina Caffarra.

To see a complete list of all Competition Policy RPN output, please go here

Disclosure Policies

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CEPR Programme Areas: Industrial Organisation

    Social media accounts:@TomValletti, @Caffar3Cristina, @GregorySCrawfor, @tomaso_duso, @MonikaSchnitzer

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