The ZEW Centre for European Economic Research and the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI) are pleased to announce their conference "Economic Methods in Competition Law Enforcement". It aims at stimulating discussion between academic researchers and practitioners in the various competition authorities, legal counsel and economic consultancy firms regarding the application of theoretical and empirical industrial organization economics in the legal process of competition law enforcement. Theoretical, empirical as well as antitrust case study-oriented articles are welcome. A special emphasis lies on the use and importance of empirical techniques in the enforcement of the competition rules by institutions and courts.

Topics of Interest:

The conference aims to discuss economic tools and empirical techniques that can be used in all stages of the legal process of competition law enforcement:

  • Detection and investigation
  • Case selection and construction
  • Final decision, design and implementation of remedies
  • Litigation

Within this process, quantitative methods may be applied with the purpose of:

  • Identifying anticompetitive behaviour (e.g., econometric investigation of market power)
  • Screening markets for violations of competition law (e.g., behavioural screens for cartel detection, structural monitoring for competition problems)
  • Investigating causality (e.g., price-concentration studies) and effects (e.g., simulation of competitive effects of mergers)
  • Establishing appropriate remedies (e.g., simulations of remedies based on structural models)
  • Calculating antitrust damages (e.g., yardstick, cost-based, simulation methods to determine price overcharges)

Finally, we welcome any contributions that discuss the role of expert economic witnesses in litigation cases as well as best practice requirements for presenting economic evidence in courts.

Invited Speakers:

  • Louis Kaplow (Harvard Law School)
  • Gregory K. Leonard (NERA Economic Consulting)
  • Gregory Werden (Antitrust Division, US Department of Justice)

Scientific Committee:

  • Yuliya Bolotova (Cornell University)
  • Stephen Davies (Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia)
  • Ulrich Kaiser (University of Zürich and ZEW)
  • Volker Nocke (University of Mannheim)
  • Martin Peitz (University of Mannheim and ZEW)
  • Maarten Pieter Schinkel (ACLE, University of Amsterdam)
  • Philipp Schmidt-Dengler (University of Mannheim)
  • Frank Verboven (K.U. Leuven)

Local Organising Committee:

  • Kai Hüschelrath
  • Nina Leheyda

Call for Papers, (PDF file, 189 KB)
Final Programme, (PDF file, 55 KB)

Submission of Papers or Abstracts:
Full papers as well as extended abstracts may be submitted. All proposals must include the following information: An abstract of up to 500 words, authors' full name and affiliation, contact details for corresponding author such as address, phone, and e-mail.
All papers or abstracts should be submitted electronically to the organising committee via the e-mail address as .doc or .pdf files (preferably pdf) no later than 15 April 2011. Proposals must be in English. They will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers or abstracts will be notified no later than 15 May 2011. Presenters may kindly be asked to discuss another paper. Young researchers are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

Registration Fee:
The conference fee is € 160. It covers conference materials, coffee breaks, lunch breaks and the conference dinner. For participants who present a paper, the conference fee is reduced to € 50. An informal get-together is planned on the evening of 23 June 2011.

Accommodation costs should be covered by conference participants.
We recommend the following hotels for your stay in Mannheim. We have reserved a limited number of rooms in these hotels. Please make your bookings as soon as possible referring to the conference "ZEW Forensic Economics" to obtain the special conference rate. In case both hotels are fully booked please inform us and we will propose alternatives.

Room reservation balladins SUPERIOR Hotel Mannheim (Conference rate: EUR 75).
You can make a reservation at this hotel by sending an e-mail to Please refer to "ZEW Forensic Economics".

Room reservation Best Western Premier Hotel LanzCarré Mannheim (Conference rate: 96 Euro).
You can make a reservation at this hotel by sending an e-mail to Please refer to "ZEW Forensic Economics".

Further Information:
The conference website at will provide updated information concerning registration details, travel and accommodation facilities, etc.

Online Registration

ZEW Centre for European Economic Research
Nina Leheyda
Department of Industrial Economics and International Management
P.O. Box 10 34 43 • 68034 Mannheim • Germany
Phone: +49 621 1235-172 • Fax: +49 621 1235-170
E-mail: • Internet:


24.06.2011 - 25.06.2011

Event Location

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