Essays on competition and procurement are awarded

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Search engines, electricity market, healthcare and big data. These are a few of the areas that the winners in the Swedish Competition Authority’s essay competition have delved into. The six authors will share SEK 100 000.

Each year the Swedish Competition Authority organised an essay competition for students. The essays have to be included in a degree and be worth at least 15 credits. A jury assesses the anonymised submissions. The essays have to be about public procurement or competition and the prize is awarded in two categories: Law and economics.

Wind power and market power First prize in the economics category is awarded to Joel Rosman from Kolmården. He is studying at the Department of Economics at Stockholm School of Economics. His supervisor was Chloé Le Coq. The title of the paper is “Wind-Generated Congestion and Market Power – Evidence from a hydropower-based electricity market”. For this he receives SEK 30 000.

The jury’s statement describes how this is an advanced essay that uses economic insight and relevant tools to deal with a question that is of the utmost importance for competition policy.

Healthcare personnel Second prize in the economics category is awarded Jingcheng Zhao from Lund and Tamina Matti from Uppsala. They get to share SEK 20 000. They are studying at the Department of Economics at Stockholm School of Economics. Their supervisor was Martina Björkman Nyqvist. The title of the essay is “Evaluation of Classical Monopsony in Nursing Labor Markets: A Natural Experiment”.

Search engines First prize in the law category goes to Erik Hedström from Stockholm. He is studying at the Department of Law at Stockholm University. The supervisor for the essay was Helene Andersson. He receives SEK 25 000 for his essay entitled “Sökmotorer och vertikal integration – En studie av förbudet mot missbruk av dominerande ställning i artikel 102 FEUF” (Search engines and vertical integration – A study of the prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position in Article 102 of TFEU).

The jury’s statement includes: “Throughout the essay the author displays a thorough understanding of the prohibition of the abuse of a dominant position and an impressive ability to apply this knowledge to the services and markets the paper covers.”

Public contracts Second prize in the law category is awarded Magnus Mårtensson from Östersund. He is studying at the Department of Law at Stockholm University. The supervisor was Andrea Sundstrand. The title of the essay is “Övergripande karaktär – begränsningar vid ändringar av offentliga kontrakt” (General nature – limitations in amending public contracts). The prize is SEK 15 000.

Big data-driven markets Third prize in the law category goes to Oskar Törngren from Stockholm. He is studying at the Department of Law at Stockholm University. His supervisor was Niousha Nademi. He receives SEK 10 000 for his essay entitled “Mergers in big data-driven markets – Is the dimension of privacy and protection of personal data something to consider in the merger review?”

New knowledge “It’s a joy to find that there is so much interest among students in competition and procurement issues. Many of the submissions are of a very high quality”, says the Director-General of the Swedish Competition Authority, Rikard Jermsten.

“The new knowledge the essays present contribute are making a long-term contribution to well-functioning markets and efficient public procurement.”

For more information, please contact:
Jimmy Dominius, Press Officer, telephone +46 76-542 15 80, jimmy.dominius@kkv.se
Joakim Wallenklint, Research Manager, telephone +46 8-700 16 03

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