INFER Workshops

5th INFER Workshop on Competition Theory and Policy

From: 2007-11-15 to: 2007-11-17
Place: Mannheim, Germany

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Workshop Objectives

This INFER workshop brings together academics and practitioners to discuss current topics and trends in Regulation and Competition Policy.

The focus of the workshop is on infrastructure and its impacts on competition and innovation on downstream markets. Some sessions will be specifically dedicated to telecommunications.

Keynote Speakers

Tommaso Valletti, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Italy, Imperial College London, UK (Homepage)

Christian Kirchner, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany (Homepage)

Wolfgang Kopf (Senior Executive Vice President Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom AG, Bonn, Germany)


The workshop addresses anybody interested in Regulation and Competition Policy issues especially concerning questions on the Economics of Infrastructure Regulation, Platform and Service Innovation and Network Competition and Innovations.

Submission of Papers

Deadline for submission of papers was June 30, 2007.

All papers will be peer reviewed. Authors of accepted papers will be notified no later than July 15, 2007.

Paper presenters are expected to discuss one other paper during the workshop. The discussant assignments will be made by the workshop organizers at a later date.

Publication of Papers

A selection of papers presented at the workshop will be published in one or more INFER volumes in due course after the workshop. For details of possible publication outlets see publications.


Thursday, November 15

16.00-17.00 Registration
17.15 Welcome Address


Arndt Christiansen (Philipps-University of Marburg), Oliver Budzinski (Philipps-University of Marburg)
Simulating unilateral effects of mergers in oligopolies and standard of proof: Lessons from Oracle


Dominik Schober (University of Duisburg-Essen)
When will regulatory benchmarking lead to sustainable grid investment?

19.00 Social Event

Friday, November 16


Bent Nowack (TU Berlin), Knut Blind (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, TU Berlin)

The identification of new and emerging markets in the telecommunication sector: A first multi-criteria proposal for regulatory bodies


Lapo Filistrucchi (University of Tilburg and University of Siena)

A SSNIP test for two-sided markets: the case of daily newspapers

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break


Keynote Lecture I: Christian Kirchner (Humboldt University of Berlin)

12.30-14.00 Lunch


Roman Inderst (London School of Economics), Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’)

Indirect vs. direct constraints in markets with vertical integration


Yossi Spiegel (Tel Aviv University), Bernardo Bortolotti (Università di Torino, FEEM), Carlo Cambini (Politecnico di Torino), Laura Rondi ( Politecnico di Torino)

Capital structure and regulation: does ownership matter?

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-16.15 Foreword: Wolfgang Franz (President ZEW)


Keynote Lecture II: Wolfgang Kopf (Senior Executive Vice President Public & Regulatory Affairs, Deutsche Telekom AG)

19.00 Conference Dinner

Saturday, November 17


Martina Lauk (ZEW)

Merger control in the German energy sector


Jens Prüfer (Tilburg University, TILEC and CentER)

Competition and mergers among nonprofits

10.30-11.00 Coffee Break


Keynote Lecture III: Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London, University of Rome ‘Tor Vergata’)

12.30-14.00 Lunch


Dennis Volk (BNetzA), Kai Hüschelrath (ZEW)

Incentive regulation and net investment in the energy transmission networks in Germany


Michael Böheim (WIFO)

Fighting market power abuse. The case of Austrian energy markets

16.00–17.30 Meeting of the INFER Working Group Competition Theory and Policy


To register for the workshop, please fill in the registration form and mail or fax it to the INFER office address given on the form.

The registration fee for speakers and other participants will be:

Please note: the annual membership fee for private INFER members is 25 EUR only (institutional INFER members 200 EUR). You are invited to become a member!

Further Information

Updated information concerning registration details, downloadable registration forms, travel and accommodation facilities, etc. will be provided in due course on this page and at


Patrick Beschorner and Tobias Veith,, Tel. +49-(0)-621/1235-296




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