Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/45643
Authors: 
Leheyda, Nina
Beschorner, Patrick
Hüschelrath, Kai
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 11-034
Abstract: 
In 2002, the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) introduced a Notice on the Competitive Treatment of Vertical Restraints in Automobile Trade ('Car Notice'). The objective of the Car Notice has been to strengthen competition in the Swiss car market, in particular by avoiding price-fixing practices and market foreclosure and stimulating intrabrand competition in the market for new car sales and competition in the service market. Based on a survey conducted among Swiss car market players, we find that the Car Notice only had a slight impact on competition in the Swiss car market. Although some changes have been identified, they typically cannot solely be explained by the impact of the Car Notice but rather result from general market developments that have led to stronger competition in Switzerland.
Subjects: 
vertical agreements
automobile market
multibranding
intrabrand competition
interbrand competition
ex-post evaluation of competition policy
JEL: 
K21
L42
L62
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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