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Three essays on firm strategies influenced by antitrust authorities

Herre, Jesko (2009) Three essays on firm strategies influenced by antitrust authorities. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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    Abstract

    This thesis contains three essays which are all from the broader field of the theories on competition, collusion, and antitrust enforcement. The essays in chapter 2 and 3 provide models where firms try to sustain horizontal collusive agreements under the review of an antitrust authority. The essay in chapter 2 deals with information spillovers between the antitrust authority and collusive firms in an environment of imperfect information. The model investigates how the sustainability of collusive agreements in uncertain environments is affected by an antitrust authority that shares information with firms and by an authority that keeps the information secret. The analysis involves leniency programs as well. The subsequent essay in chapter 3 focuses on the deterrence effect of excluding ringleaders from leniency programs. In particular, the model investigates if ringleaders of cartels should be eligible for a fine reduction when cooperating with the antitrust authority or whether they should be excluded from such programs. Chapter 4 extends the topic to vertical integration, where firms interact in a vertical-merger game under the review of an antitrust authority. The model investigates how side payments can be crucial to explain the development of a market structure where a vertically integrated firm co-exists with separated competitors in a successive duopoly.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
    Creators:
    CreatorsEmail
    Herre, Jeskojesko.herre@gmail.com
    URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-27455
    Subjects: Economics
    Uncontrolled Keywords:
    KeywordsLanguage
    antitrust enforcement , collusion , leniency programs , ringleader , vertical integrationEnglish
    Faculty: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät
    Divisions: Wirtschafts- u. Sozialwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Staatswissenschaftliches (Volkswirtschaftliches) Seminar
    Language: English
    Date: 2009
    Date Type: Completion
    Date of oral exam: 19 May 2009
    Full Text Status: Public
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2009 09:58:40
    Referee
    NameAcademic Title
    Wambach, AchimProf. PhD
    URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/2745

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