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Workshop on the Economics of Fixed Book Price Systems

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). There is no general consensus among competition economists regarding the efficiency effects of RPM. The resulting uncertainty about the legal treatment of RPM in the book market is exacerbated by the fact that books can be characterized as horizontally and vertically differentiated experience goods. To discuss all these topics, the workshop brings together researchers, competition experts and practitioners.

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Workshop on Financing and Performance of the European Rail Sector

In the workshop we aim at discussing the meaning and structure of public budget contributions to European railways as well as its implications on the performance of the sector. Topics of interest include approaches to compare the level of public budget contributions between countries as well as analyzes of the performance of the sector. A further topic concerns the regulation of the sector, since specific financing structures are likely to have a negative impact on incentives of market participants.

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PhD Workshop: Behavioral Industrial Organization

The international expert on the subject of behavioral industrial eco-nomics, Prof. Dr. Paul Heidhues, accepted an invitation by Justus-Liebig-University Giessen on March 20 and 21, 2017. Within the framework of the PhD Workshop ‘Ad-vanced Topics in Industrial Organization’ of the Chair for Industrial Organization, Regu-lation and Antitrust, Prof. Heidhues gave a lecture on the theoretical modeling of devia-tions of rational behavior of consumers and other market actors as well as the influence of these deviations on the strategic decisions of companies.

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PhD Workshop: Dynamic Games - Numerical Methods and Applications

Prof. Doraszelski of Wharton University of Pennsylvania, a leading expert on the subject of industry dynamics, accepted an invitation by the Justus-Liebig-University Gießen. The event hosted by the Chair for Industrial Organization, Regulation and Antitrust focused on the study of the impact firms’ investment decisions with respect to production capacity or research and development have on a sector’s long-term evolution.

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PhD Workshop: Lectures on Cartels

Cartel agreements have received much attention – and considerable fines – by competition authorities over the last years. This may also be attributed to an increased theoretic comprehension about the functioning of cartels. From January 20th to 22nd Prof. Joseph Harrington (John Hopkins University, Baltimore), one of the most influential scientists of research in cartels, presented fundamental theories as well as new findings concerning this topic at Justus-Liebig-University Giessen. In doing so, Prof. Harrington followed the invitation of Prof. Dr. Georg Götz, who is professor for industrial economics, competition policy and regulation in Giessen.

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Workshop on Effective Competition in Network Industries

On 27 and 28 May 2010, Prof. Dr. Georg Götz, holder of the Chair of Industrial Organization, Regulation and Antitrust hosted an interdisciplinary workshop on competition in network industries. Academics and practitioners from Germany and abroad accepted the invitation to discuss this topic which is central to European and national legislation.

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