CRA Annual Brussels Conference: Economic Developments in Competition Policy, 2017


The CRA Annual Brussels Conference, Economic Developments in Competition Policy, took place on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at the Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel, Brussels.

Speakers’ slides and videos of the panels (click on each panel title) can be found below.


Keynote:   Recent Developments in the Enforcement Practices of the European Commission

Johannes Laitenberger, Director General, DG Competition

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A View from the Chief Economist

Tommaso Valletti

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Do Mergers Systematically Reduce Innovation?  Theories, Presumptions and Standards of Evidence

Chair: Cristina Caffarra, CRA

Luke M Froeb, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, US Department of Justice

Giulio Federico, Head of Unit, DG Competition

Dietmar Harhoff, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition and Visiting Professor, MIT

Margaret Kyle, Professor of Economics, CERNA, MINES ParisTech

Miro Prek, Judge, General Court of the EU

Pierre Régibeau, CRA


Is Big the New Bad (Again)?  “Hipster” and “Progressive Antitrust” vs Consumer Welfare

Chair: Cristina Caffarra, CRA

Andreas Mundt, President, Bundeskartellamt

Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive, UK Competition and Markets Authority

Fiona Scott Morton, Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management and CRA

Howard Shelanski, Professor of Law, Georgetown University

Massimo Motta, ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE


Concentration vs Consumer Welfare: Implications for Newer Agencies

William E Kovacic, Professor of Law & Policy, and Director, George Washington University Law School

Toh Han Li, Chief Executive, Competition Commission of Singapore

Tembinkosi Bonakele, Commissioner, Competition Commission of South Africa

Andrey Tsyganov, Deputy Head of the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, Chief Economist


“Taking all Circumstances into Account”: Is Effects-Based Analysis Back?

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

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

Michael L Katz, Sarin Chair Emeritus in Strategy & Leadership, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Volker Nocke, Professor of Economics, UCLA

Philip Marsden, Senior Director, UK Competition and Markets Authority

Rupprecht Podszun, Chair for Civil Law, German & European Competition Law, Heinrich Heine Universität, Düsseldorf


Media Plurality, Media Bias and Fake News: An Antitrust Problem?

Chair: Oliver Latham, CRA

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

Isabelle de Silva, President, Autorité de la concurrence

Andrea Prat, Professor of Economics, Columbia University and Professor of Business, Columbia Business School

Matthew Gentzkow, Professor of Economics, Stanford University

David Elstein, Chairman, openDemocracy, and Chairman, Broadcasting Policy Group


Algorithms and AI:  Fighting Robots with Bows and Arrows?

Chair: Matthew Bennett, CRA

Terrell McSweeny, Commissioner, US Federal Trade Commission

Ariel Ezrachi, Professor of Competition Law, University of Oxford

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

Steven Tadelis, Professor of Economics, Business & Public Policy, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley

Cyril Ritter, Policy Officer, DG Competition


For program click here