INFER Workshops

8th INFER Workshop on Economic Policy: Competition policy in network industries

From: 2005-10-29 to: 2005-10-31
Place: London, UK

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Conference Topics

Grid dependent sectors play an important role in the provision of competitive market struc­tures in particular in the enlarged EU and on globalised markets. Recent developments show various differences between national regulatory frameworks in transport, energy and tele­communications with negative impacts on economic efficiency and harmful effects to the environment. In fact, these deve­lopments seem to ensure that network industry issues will rank high among researchers and policy makers for the time being.

The INFER workshop Competition Policy in Network Industries aimed at discussing these issues in a broad sense.

Target group

The conference was addressed to experienced researchers and professionals from business, gov­ernment or non-governmental institutions. Junior scholars and Ph.D. students were encouraged to submit a paper.


Saturday, 29 October 2005

17h00 – 17h30

Registration at the Lancaster Hall Hotel

17h30 – 17h35

Official Welcome Address and Opening of Workshop

17h35 – 17h40

Greetings by the board of INFER

Session 1: Property Rights in Network Industries

17h40 – 18h20

Jürgen Müller, Berlin School of Economics
Tom Hazlett, Brookings Institution
The Social Value of TV Band Spectrum in European Countries

18h20 – 19h00

Patrick Beschorner, Centre for European Economic Research, Mannheim
Patent Policy in Network Industries

19h00 – 19h15


Keynote Speech

19h15 – 20h15

Jörn Kruse, Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg
Access to Premium Television Content

From 20h15

Snack and informal meeting

Sunday, 30 October 2005

Session 2: Water Industry

08h30 – 09h10

Reimund Schwarze, German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin
Kai Rommel, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus
Yardstick Competition Ex Ante or Comparable Firm Analysis Ex Post? A Comparison of Incentives with Reference to the German Water Industry

09h10 – 09h50

Peter Haug, Institute for Economic Research, Halle
Requirements on Regulation Frameworks: What is the Best Way of Securing Efficiency in the Water Sector?

09h50 – 10h10

Morning tea

Session 3: Air Transport I

10h10 – 10h50

Germa Bel, Universidad de Barcelona
Xavier Fageda, Universidad de Barcelona
Airport Management and Airline Competition in OECD Countries

10h50 – 11h30

Björn Kuchinke, Technical University of Ilmenau
The Joint Venture Terminal 2 at Munich Airport and the Consequences: A Competition Economic Analysis

11h30 – 11h40

Coffee break

Session 4: Air Transport II

11h40 – 12h20

Frank Fichert, University of Applied Sciences Heilbronn
Interlining and IATA Tariff Consultations

12h20 – 13h00

Fred Jennings, Center for Ecological Economic and Ethical Education, Ipswich, USA
Public Policy, Planning Horizons and Organizational Failure: A Post-Mortem on British Canals

13h00 – 14h30


Session 5: Telecommunications

14h30 – 15h10

Viktória Kocsis, Corvinus University of Budapest and Tinbergen Institute, Amsterdam
Network Asymmetries and Access Pricing in Cellular Telecommunications

15h10 – 15h50

Justus Haucap, Ruhr-University of Bochum
J. Philipp Siemer, Deutsche Telekom, Bonn
Another Look at Price Squeezes in Regulated Markets: Taking Account of Market Interdependencies

15h50 – 16h10

Coffee break

Session 6: Energy Markets

16h10 – 16h50

Thomas Kuhn and Michael Pickhardt, Chemnitz University of Technology
Competition in Transportation Fuel Markets: The Case of BioDiesel

16h50 – 17h30

Kai Rommel, Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus
Jürgen Meyerhoff, Technical University of Berlin
Are Cost Based Green Power Promotion Schemes Efficient? A Comparison of Feed-in Tariffs and Consumer Preferences

17h30 – 18h00


From 19h00


Monday, 31 October 2005

Keynote Speech

09h00 – 10h00

Albert Bañal-Estañol, City University London
Vertical Integration in Gas and Electricity Markets

10h00 – 10h20

Coffee break

Session 6: Electricity Markets

10h20 – 11h00

Ingo Ellersdorfer, Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy, Stuttgart
Impact of Transmission Network Investments on Market Power in the German Electricity Market

11h00 – 11h40

Arndt Christiansen, University of Marburg
Regulation and Merger Control in the Liberalised Electricity Sector

11h40 – 12h20

Michael Böheim, WIFO Institute for Economic Research, Vienna
Competition and Competition Policy in Austrian Electricity Markets: A Critical Review Three Years After Market Liberalisation

12h20 – 12h50

Closing Discussion


End of Workshop

Social Activities

While there was much scope for informal meetings and an informal exchange of ideas during the workshop, we suggested a joint lunch and a dinner on Sunday evening after the conference.

Publication of papers

Selected papers will be published in a conference volume. Final versions of all papers should incorporate comments made during the workshop (or by referees). In any case, all papers must fully meet the formatting requirements. In particular, they must be in MS-Word format. Final versions must be resubmitted before 27 November 2005 to: Frank Fichert,, Justus Haucap, or Kai Rommel


The workshop took place at:

Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London, W2 3EL, UK

Tel: +44 (0)20 7723 9276, Fax: +44 (0)20 7706 2870


Contact and organisation of this workshop

Until 28 October, please make all inquires concerning this workshop to either Frank Fichert, Justus Haucap, or Kai Rommel.





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