About the Competition Commission of India
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is a statutory body established under the Competition Act, 2002 with the objective to prevent practices having adverse effect on competition, to promote and sustain competition in markets, to protect interest of consumers and to ensure freedom of trade carried on by other participants in markets in India. CCI is also mandated to take suitable measures for promotion of competition law through organising various advocacy programmes for the stakeholders. In furtherance of the above, CCI as a public institution, is engaged in encouraging scholarship in the field of competition law and policy so as to develop a better understanding of competition issues relevant in the Indian context, to draw inferences for implementation of competition law and to create a culture of competition in India.
About the Opportunity
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will organize the 7th National Conference on Economics of Competition Law on 4th March, 2022 in New Delhi.
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.
The Conference is expected to cover a wide range of related themes. However, papers in 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 procompetitive 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 anti-competitive effects.
- Horizontal agreements and cartelization Prohibition of collusive conduct of firms is a key component of competition law.
Papers may explore issues such as economics of collusion, information exchange, price signaling, 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
- 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 IPcompetition 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 behavioral remedies.
- Any other issues related to competition policy and law.
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.
Abstract along with CV may be sent to [email protected] . 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.