The Competition Commission of India (CCI)

About the Organisation

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) will organize the 6th National Conference/ Webinar on Economics of Competition Law on 5th March, 2021 in New Delhi.

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

About the Competition/Event/Opportunity

The conference/ webinar 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 and necessarily have at least a Master’s degree in Economics.

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 5000 words.


Themes

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


1.  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.

2.  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.

3.  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.

4.  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.

5.  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.

6.  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.

7.  Any other issues related to competition policy and law

Conference/ Webinar fee

Eligibility/Prerequisites

There is no conference/ webinar fee.

Post-conference/ webinar 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

Important Dates

1. Last date of submission of abstracts 16th August 2020

2. Review, Selection and intimation to authors 1st October 2020

3. Last date for submission of full papers- 1st  December 2020

4. Review and Finalization of papers-1st   February 2021

5. Conference/ webinar date 5th March 2021

 

Benefits/Prizes/Perks

Selection of themes and speakers

The CCI will have complete discretion in deciding the themes of the sessions based on the responses received as well as in selecting the speakers.

Papers based on empirical research that can inform enforcement and policy are encouraged.

 

Contact details for more information

Contact us

Abstracts along with CV may be sent to [email protected] . Requests for further information or any other queries may also be sent to this email address.