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Title:The influence of collusion on price changes: New evidence from major cartel cases PDF Logo
Authors:von Blanckenburg, Korbinian
Geist, Alexander
Kholodilin, Konstantin Arkadievich
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:Discussion papers // German Institute for Economic Research 1004
Abstract:In this paper, we compare the distribution of price changes between collusive and noncollusive periods for ten major cartels. The first moments focus on previous research. We extend the discussion to the third (skewness) and fourth (kurtosis) moments. However, none of the above descriptive statistics can be considered as a robust test allowing a differentiation between competition and cartel. Therefore, we implement the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test. According to our results, 8 out of 10 cartels were successful in controlling the market price for a number of years. The proposed methodology may be used for antitrust screening and regulatory purposes.
Subjects:Cartel detection
collusion
competition policy
JEL:L10
L60
Document Type:Working Paper
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