CRA Annual Brussels Conference: Economic Developments in Competition Policy, 2016


The CRA Annual Brussels Conference, Economic Developments in European Competition Policy, took place place on Wednesday 7th December 2016 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel, Brussels.

Speakers’ slides (where permission has been given) and videos of the panels can be found below.


Chief Economist Keynote

Tommaso Valletti, Chief Economist, DG Competition


Big Data and the Search for a Competition Problem

Cristina Caffarra, CRA

Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission

Joshua Gans, University of Toronto

Glen Weyl, Yale Economics and Law School

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, EDPS

Tommaso Valletti, Chief Economist, DG Competition


State Aid Control When the Rest of the World Disagrees: Are the Tax Cases just the Tip of the Iceberg?

Gert-Jan Koopman, Deputy Director General – State Aid, DG Competition

Rachel Griffith, Research Director, UK Institute for Fiscal Studies

John Fingleton, CEO, Fingleton Associates

Chair: Kai-Uwe Kühn, University of East Anglia, DICE and CRA


Are National Agencies Increasingly Shaping Antitrust Policy in Europe?

Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt

Chris Fonteijn, Chairman, Authority for Consumers and Markets, The Netherlands

Isabelle de Silva, President, Autorité de la concurrence

Andrea Coscelli, Acting Chief Executive, UK Competition and Markets Authority

Chair: Cristina Caffarra, CRA


Is Europe a Good Model for the New Agencies Coming of Age? and Enforcement and Policy Developments – A US Perspective

Toh Han Li, Chief Executive, Competition Commission of Singapore

Renata B Hesse, Acting Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice

Chair: John Fingleton, CEO, Fingleton Associates


Mergers and Common Ownership: Are we Allowing Markets to become Too Concentrated?

Carles Esteva Mosso, Deputy Director General – Mergers, DG Competition

John E Kwoka, Northeastern University

Martin C Schmalz, University of Michigan

Howard Shelanski, Director, White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs

Glen Weyl, Yale Economics and Law School

Chair: Simon Chisholm, CRA


In an Effects Based World, what can Judges Safely Assume?

Nils Wahl, Advocate General, Court of Justice of the EU

Frédéric Jenny, OECD and ESSEC Business School

Savvas Papasavvas, Judge, General Court of the EU

D Daniel Sokol, University of Florida

Kai-Uwe Kühn, University of East Anglia, DICE and CRA

Chair: Lars Wiethaus, CRA


Exclusive Dealing (post Intel) and Verticals: Can Enforcement and Economics Meet Again in Europe?

Massimo Motta, ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE

Ralph Winter, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia

Chair: Matthew Bennett, CRA


Full Programme (PDF Format


The speakers