Competition Policy and Innovation: Where do we stand?

With panel discussion on "Competition Policy in (the) Crisis?"

The Department of Economics of the University of Vienna organizes the 3rd Conference of the Research Network on Innovation and Competition Policy (RNIC), which is a cooperation of eight research institutes and universities in Europe (ZEW, WZB, and the Universities of KU Leuven, Maastricht, Mannheim, Toulouse I, Tübingen, and Vienna). It aims to bring together scholars from different disciplines, including economics, competition law, and management, to discuss current competitionpolicy matters. The network promotes a better understanding of the interplay between firms' innovative activities, competition, and the role of governmental intervention in national and international markets.

Topics of Interest

  • Competition law and economics
  • Efficiency in competition policy
  • Impact of competition policy on innovation
  • Intellectual property rights in competition policy
  • US vs. EU antitrust law
  • Institutional aspects of competition policy
  • Political economy of antitrust
  • Quantitative methods in antitrust
  • Private vs. public antitrust enforcement
  • Competition policy and state aid in the current crisis

Theoretical, empirical and policy oriented contributions are welcome.

Keynote Speakers

Joseph E. Harrington

Wharton University of Pennsylvania, United States and ZEW

Frank Verboven

Katholische Universität Leuven

Massimo Motta

Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, ESP

Scientific Committee

Gerhard Clemenz

University of Vienna, Austria

Tomaso Duso

DIW Berlin (German Institute for Economic Research)

Klaus Peter Gugler

Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria and ZEW

Pierre Mohnen

MERIT, University of Maastricht

Martin Peitz

University of Mannheim, MaCCI and ZEW

Patrick Rey

Université Toulouse I

Konrad Stahl

University of Mannheim, MaCCI and ZEW

Florian Wagner-von Papp

Helmut-Schmidt-Universität/Universität der Bundeswehr Hamburg

Young and experienced researchers are equally invitedto submit a paper or an extended abstract to

Submission deadline: July 31, 2009. Notifications on acceptance: not later than August 31, 2009. Participants presenting a paper are asked to submit a full text version not later than September 30, 2009.Registration deadline: September 30, 2009. For participants presenting a paper and/or acting as discussant the accommodation and travel expenseswill be covered (one speaker per paper). Information about the conferenceand accepted papers will be posted on

Scientific Organisation

Gerhard Clemenz

University of Vienna, Austria

Klaus Peter Gugler

Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria and ZEW


30.10.2009 - 31.10.2009

Event Location

University Campus, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna; Aula – Hof 1

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