CfP: CCI’s 7th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law, New Delhi [March 4, 2022]: Submit by August 1

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will organize the 7th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law on 4th March 2022 in New Delhi.

Objectives

This conference aims to:

  • Stimulate research and debate on contemporary issues in the field of economics of competition law.
  • Develop a better understanding of competition issues relevant to the Indian context.
  • Draw inferences for implementation of competition law in India.

Who Should Participate?

The conference targets economists including scholars, practitioners and competition agency officials with a keen interest in economics of competition law and policy. Co-authored papers are allowed. However, one of the authors
should be an Indian citizen having expertise/specialization in Economics.

Details of the Event

  • Conference fee: There is no conference fee.
  • Post-conference publication.
  • Depending on the quality of submissions, some papers may be considered for publication by the CCI.
  • Financial support: Paper presenters at the Conference shall be provided financial support.
  • Venue: New Delhi, India

Submission of Papers

A 1000-word abstract of the paper including research questions, methodology and expected results along with one-page curriculum vitae and contact details should be submitted initially.

Authors of selected abstracts will then be invited to submit full original papers of not more than 6000 words.

Themes

The Conference is expected to cover a wide range of related themes. However, papers in the following themes are encouraged:

  • Market definition, measuring market power and abuse of dominance: Issues like empirical methods of defining markets, measuring market power, and assessment of exclusionary unilateral conduct etc. may be covered among others.
  • Vertical restraints and competition: Vertical restraints can have many pro-competitive as well as anticompetitive
    effects. Papers may explore areas such as resale price maintenance, assignment of exclusive territories or exclusive dealing, tying and bundling and circumstances under which these restrictions have anticompetitive effects.
  • Horizontal agreements and cartelization: Prohibition of collusive conduct of firms is a key component of competition law. Papers may explore issues such as the economics of collusion, information exchange, price signalling, facilitating factors for cartels, detecting and discouraging cartels etc.
  • Economics of platform markets and challenges for antitrust enforcement: New digital products and business models as well as the special characteristics of digital markets have created new challenges for enforcement and
    competition policy. Papers may explore new tools and techniques that the discipline of economics offers for assessing competition issues in platform markets.
  • Intellectual Property Rights and competition law: Competition law will be concerned not with the legitimate exercise of an IP right, but with efforts of the holders of this right to expand the scope, either to new products or beyond a certain time or by conditioning access to the right on restrictions. Papers may explore areas of recent concerns in the IP-competition law interface.
  • Price and non-price effects of mergers: Economic analysis is playing an increasingly important role in merger review. Papers may focus on recent developments in estimating the effects of mergers (merger simulation, diversion ratios, pricing pressure indices, etc.), innovation effects and welfare effects of mergers including vertical or conglomerate mergers, issues in the use of appropriate remedies, that is, adoption of structural and/or behavioural remedies.
  • Any other issues related to competition policy and law.

Important Dates

  • Last date of submission of abstracts: 1st August 2021
  • Review, Selection and intimation to authors: 1st October 2021
  • Last date for submission of full papers: 1st December 2021
  • Review and Finalization of papers: 1st February 2022
  • Conference date: 4th March 2022

Selection of Themes and Speakers

The CCI will have complete discretion in deciding the themes of the sessions based on the papers received as well as in selecting the speakers. Papers based on empirical research that can inform the competition enforcement and policy are encouraged.

Contact

Abstract along with CV may be sent to ecoseminar@cci.gov.in. The CV should necessarily include education, work experience and publication in the area of economics if any. Requests for further information or any other queries
may also be sent to this email address.

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