Αρχική Σελίδα Αρχική Σελίδα
  Rss Feeds

THE DISTORTIVE EFFECTS OF ANTITRUST FINES BASED ON REVENUE

 

 

Vasiliki Bageri

Athens University of Economics and Business

 

Yannis Katsoulacos

Athens University of Economics and Business

 

Giancarlo Spagnolo

SITE-Stockholm School of Economics, Tor Vergata University and CEPR

 

Abstract

In most jurisdictions, antitrust fines are based on affected commerce rather than on collusive profits, and in some others, caps on fines are introduced based on total firm sales rather than on affected commerce. We uncover a number of distortions that these policies generate, propose simple models to characterize their comparative static properties, and quantify them with simulations based on market data. We conclude by discussing the obvious need to depart from these distortive rules-of-thumb that appear to have the potential to substantially reduce social welfare.

 

JEL Classification: K21, L40

Keywords: Antitrust, Deterrence, Fines, Law Enforcement

 

  

Acknowledgement: We are grateful to David Ulph for important suggestions, and to audiences at the ACLE’s Behavioral Antitrust workshop in Amsterdam, April 2012 and at the CRETE Conference in Milos, July 2012 for their lively discussions.  Katsoulacos acknowledges support by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC, UK) under grant RES – 062 – 23 – 2211. Spagnolo acknowledges funding from the Swedish Competition Authority (Konkurrenseverket). The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Bank of Greece.

  

Correspondence:

Yannis Katsoulacos,

Athens University of Economics and Business,

Patision 76,

Athens 104 34, Greece

e-mail: ysk@hol.gr


Πλήρες Κείμενο