Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/202414
Authors: 
Pittman, Russell
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
EAG Discussion Paper 17-1
Abstract: 
The importance of economics to the analysis and enforcement of competition policy and law has increased tremendously in the developed market economies in the past forty years. In younger and developing market economies, competition law itself has a history of twenty to twenty-five years at most – sometimes much less – and economic tools that have proven useful to competition law enforcement in developed market economies in focusing investigations and in assisting decision makers in distinguishing central from secondary issues are inevitably less well understood. This paper presents a non-technical introduction to three economic tools that have become widespread in competition law enforcement in general and in the analysis of proposed mergers in particular: critical loss analysis, upward pricing pressure, and the vertical arithmetic.
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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