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Haucap Participant in the Working Group on Competition Economics at the Federal Cartel Office "Bundeskartellamt"

DICE Consult partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap was a participant in the sixth meeting of the Competition Economics Working Group initiated by the German Federal Cartel Office. At this meeting, staff members of the Bundeskartellamt discuss current competition economics issues with scientists. This year's meeting focused on competition in the electricity first sales market and in the furniture retail…

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F.A.Z. Economist Ranking: Haucap in the Top 20 of the most influential Economists

In the economist ranking of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap is ranked 18th and is thus among the top 20 influential economic advisors. Compared to the previous year, the DICE Consult partner has moved up three places. Haucap scores particularly well in the field of politics and is frequently named as a particularly influential advisor by politicians and…

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Report: Fair and Equal Opportunities in Germany as a Trade Fair Location

What about fairness and equality of opportunity in Germany as a trade fair location? The trade fair sector in Germany is special in an international comparison. Public trade fair companies in Germany not only operate the trade fair infrastructure, but as vertically integrated providers they also run their own trade fairs and thus compete with private trade fair organizers. The fact that this…

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Start of trial in timber cartel: DICE Consult calculates claimes for damages

Since July 1, 2021, the cartel damages trial in the log cartel has been heard at the Stuttgart Regional Court. In one of the largest lawsuits of its kind to date, dozens of sawmills are suing not only the state of Baden-Württemberg but also other federal states. In the lawsuit against the federal state of Hesse, DICE Consult has taken over the calculation of the amount of damages. The case was …

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Justus Haucap honored by Who is Who Legal

According to "Who is Who Legal" DICE Consult partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap is one of the leading experts in the field of "Competition". He is an outstanding economist who provides well-founded answers to many competition questions. Who's Who Legal identifies the world's leading lawyers and consultants in various areas of business law.

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Haucap, Wey and Heimeshoff nominated for "Antitrust Writing Award 2021"

The article "Vertical relations, pass-through, and market definition: Evidence from grocery retailing" by Justus Haucap, Ulrich Heimeshoff and Christian Wey (together with Gordon Klein and Dennis Rickert) has been nominated for the Concurrences Antitrust Writing Award 2021 in the category "Academic Articles". The article was published in the International Journal of…

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Expertise: More Competition for Letter Mail

Will the new Postal Act create more competition in the mail market? A legal and economic expert opinion commissioned by the Bundesverband für Briefdienste [BDD] with the collaboration of DICE Consult partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap says: Yes! The amendment to the Postal Act can prevent the ex-monopolist Deutsche Post AG (DPAG) from exploiting its market power and charging competitors excessive …

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Federal Audit Office cites DICE Consult report

In an report on theimplementation of the "Energiewende" in Germany, the Federal Audit Officecites a DICE Consult study commissioned by the Initiative Neue Soziale Marktwirtschaft. For the first time, the DICE Consult study calculates the total costs of the energy transition in the area of electricity generation. According to this, the costs amounted to a total of around 520 billion…

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Bei Anruf Wettbewerb: New Podcast with Justus Haucap

In the new podcast "Bei Anruf Wettbewerb", DICE Consult partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap discusses and debates current cases and developments from the world of competition together with Prof. Dr. Rupprecht Podszun, Director of the Institute for Antitrust Law at Heinrich Heine University. In the first episode of "Bei Anruf Wettbewerb," the Düsseldorf professors explain why the …

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Ministry of Economics and Digitalization NRW publishes DICE Consult study on B2B platforms

Whether it's trade in chemical goods or logistics services, North Rhine-Westphalia is a pioneer in the field of so-called B2B platforms - digital marketplaces where goods, services or information are traded between companies. North Rhine-Westphalia's two locational advantages are its strong industrial sector and its many international trade fairs. These are the key findings of a study by DICE…

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Christian Wey appointed as member of the GKV arbitration board for digital health application

DICE Consult-Partner Prof. Dr. Christian Wey was appointed by the German Federal Association of Health Insurance Funds (GKV) as an impartial member of the Arbitration Board for Digital Health Applications (according to § 134 Abs. 3 SGB V). The Arbitration Board is formed by the GKV-Spitzenverband and representatives of the manufacturers of digital health applications. It is responsible for …

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Antitrust Writing Award for Justus Haucap

The article "How Mergers Affect Innovation: Theory and Evidence" by Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap (together with Prof. Dr. Alexander Rasch and Prof. Dr. Joel Stiebale) was awarded with the Antitrust Writing Award. The article analyses how horizontal mergers affect innovation of the merged entity and its non-merging competitors. Using data on horizontal mergers among pharmaceutical firms in…

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Justus Haucap is ranked among the Top 30 most influential economists

According to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.), DICE Consult partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap is one of the top 30 most influential economists in Germany. In the total ranking, Haucap holds 21st place. Haucap is a popular advisor, especially in ministries and among members of the Bundestag. This is shown by the political survey, according to which Haucap is among the top ten most…

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An Update for the "Grundgesetz" of the Social Market Economy

Digitization creates new business models, new products and new markets. But the digital economy also creates new challenges. Platforms collect data and create monopolies or companies take over small competitors to secure their own market power.DICE Consult Partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap gave a lecture on these and other issues of digitisation at the ACATIS Value Conferenz. To the lecture at…

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CRRC can acquire Vossloh’s shunter division

The Bundeskartellamt has cleared the takeover of Kiel-based Vossloh Locomotives GmbH by CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotives Co. In light of Vossloh's strong market position in Europe on the one hand and CRRC's as yet very weak position in the European market on the other, the question of how the involvement of Chinese state-owned companies is to be assessed under merger control had to be clarified in…

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OLG Düsseldorf prohibits merger of Remondis with DSD

The Oberlandesgericht Düsseldorf dismissed Remondis' protest against the prohibition of the merger with Duales System Deutschland (DSD) by the Bundeskartellamt. The court confirmed the Bundeskartellamt's decision according to which the merger would have created a dominant position in the marketing of glass cullet and Remondis would have exploited its market power created by the acquisition. Under …

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Data Protection and Antitrust: New Types of Abuse Cases? An Economist’s View in Light of the German Facebook Decision

The article "Data Protection and Antitrust: New Types of Abuse Cases? An Economist’s View in Light of the German Facebook Decision" by DICE Consult Partner Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap was published as a Highlight in the Book "The Digital Economy – 2019 Highlights Special Edition". Many services on the Internet are seemingly offered for free. People do not have to pay for them, at lea…

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Competitive Effects of Mergers in highly concentrated Markets

Thyssenkrupp AG plans to sell its entire elevator segment. Kone Corporation, a major player in the elevator and escalator industry (“E&E industry”), has publicly signalled its interest in an acquisition. The Company further signalled that in case of a successful bid it would divest the complete European elevator business of Thyssenkrupp to the private equity firm CVC for antitrust reasons. Sev…

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Double Nomination for the Antitrust Writing Award

Two publications with DICE Consult participation were nominated for the Antitrust Wiriting Award: "Screening Instruments for Monitoring Market Power−The Return on Withholding Capacity Index [RWC]" by DICE Consult Managing Director Susanne Thorwarth, together with Olivia Bodnar, Alexander Steinmetz and Marc Bataille. "How mergers affect innovation: Theory and evidence" by DICE C…

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Useful Alternative: Bundeskartellamt honours RWC Index

In its current Market Power Report - Energy the Bundeskartellamt acknowledges the Return on Withholding Capacity (RWC) Index, which Marc Bataille, Olivia Bodnar, Alexander Steinmetz and Susanne Thorwarth have developed as an alternative or supplementary indicator for measuring market power in the electricity generation market. The RWC Index enables an assessment of the risk of abusive capacity…

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