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Workshop on the Economics of Fixed Book Price Systems


The Chair for Industrial Organization, Regulation and Antitrust, VWL I, of the Justus Liebig University Giessen organizes a


Workshop on the Economics of Fixed Book Price Systems (14.11. - 15.11.2019)


The goal of the workshop is an economic assessment of the book market. The topics to be discussed include book quality and variety, the industry structure in general and the substitutability between the online and offline sales channel from the viewpoint of the consumers. A special emphasis will be placed on the analysis of fixed book price systems, which can generally be seen as a form of Resale Price Maintenance (RPM). We invite both theoretical and empirical papers on the book market as well as on the competition between online and offline sales channels in general. Policy oriented papers are also welcome as are experimental once, in particular if they have a focus on the importance of advice in the sales process.

To discuss all these topics, the workshop brings together researchers, competition experts and practitioners.


Speakers and Panelists

Joel Waldfogel (University of Minnesota), Christos Genakos (University of Cambridge), Paul Crosby (Macquarie University Sydney), Matt Olczak (Aston Business School), Øystein Foros (Norwegian School of Economics), Hans Jarle Kind (Norwegian School of Economics), Sherry Xiaohua Wu (Indiana University), Tore Slaata (Oslo Metropolitan University), Helge Ronning (University of Oslo), Achim Wambach (Monopolies CommissionZEW), Imke Reimers (Northeastern University), Markus Dertwinkel-Kalt (Frankfurt School), Mats Köster (DICE). Further participants will be announced shortly.


Data and Collaboration

Our team has put together a data set containing sales and price data for the German speaking countries’ book markets. Currently, we are in the process of extending the data base for other countries. We are interested to address as many relevant research questions with this unique data base as possible and invite researchers to collaborate. We are happy to provide additional information on request. Please feel free to us. 



The workshop is supported by Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, the German booksellers' and publishers' association and organizer of the Frankfurt Book Fair.


Programme outline

For the final program see here



Georg Götz, Daniel Herold and Jan Schäfer

Licher Straße 62, 35394 Giessen, Germany

Phone: +49 (0)641 99220-51, -53 or -55

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