SEK 100,000 to the winning essay-writers

Press release

Grades, pharmaceuticals, personal data and home-help – these are just some of the subjects tackled by the winners of the Swedish Competition Authority’s essay-writing contest. The jury had no fewer than 37 student essays to judge when they were deciding how the total prize money of SEK 100,000 should be awarded. Since 1995, the Swedish Competition Authority has used this annual contest to reward essays that relate to competition and public procurement.

Grade inflation and competition

The first prize in the Economics category has been awarded to Hampus Sporre from the School of Economics and Management at Lund University. He will receive SEK 20,000 for his essay entitled “A for effort: an empirical analysis of the effect of competition on grade inflation in Swedish schools.” The judges described this as: “An excellent essay in which the writer conducts a clear and interesting discussion with the central hypothesis that competition could be the driving force behind grade inflation in Swedish high schools.”

Personal data as currency

This year’s first prize in the Law category – and SEK 25,000 – goes to Victoria Volny from Lund University’s Faculty of Law. Her essay was entitled “Personal data as currency in the digital economy. An analysis of the significance to competition law of the acquisition, collection and processing of personal data in the EU.”

From the judges’ comments: “In this well-thought out essay, the writer has, in an exemplary manner, described and developed the subject’s theoretical background and development in case law. The analysis shows that the writer has a very good understanding of the difficult issues raised by the management of personal information within the context of competition law. The essay is an interesting contribution to the ongoing developments within this field.”

Generic drugs

The second prize in the Economics category – and SEK 17,500 – goes to Jadwiga Cletus from the School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg for “An investigation of bid collusion within the Swedish generic drugs market.” One the judges’ comments described this as: “A very well-executed study in which the writer examines the possible existence of illegal cooperation with regard to the submission of bids in the procurement of generic pharmaceuticals.”

Home-help under the microscope

Third prize in the Economics category – and SEK 12,500 – is shared by Kristina Boo from Hässlehom and Frida Lönnberg from Stockholm, both from the Stockholm School of Economics. Their essay was entitled “Opportunistic behavior in quasi-markets of home care. A study on the compliance of granted and provided home care hours in Swedish municipalities.” From the judges’ comments: “The writers highlight a very topical problem within domiciliary healthcare by examining the relationship between the care needs of the users and the actual implementation of domiciliary healthcare in nine Swedish municipalities.”

Issue preclusion grace period

Second prize in the Law category goes to Jacob Nilsson from the Faculty of Law at Lund University. He will receive SEK 15,000 for his essay “Grace period for issue preclusion in cases of public procurement - a legal and economic study.” The jury awarded Jacob the prize because: “The writer shows great autonomy and capacity for the critical examination of applicable Swedish law.”

Refusal to license intellectual property rights

Third prize in the Law category – and SEK 10,000 – has been awarded to Haris Ćatović from Västerås, who studies at Stockholm University’s Department of Law, for his essay “Refusal to License Intellectual Property Rights as Abuse of Dominant Position in EU Competition Law. The Implications of the Huawei Judgment.” One of the judges’ comments was that: “The question of how the refusal to license intellectual property rights should be treated within competition law has become even more topical with the EU Court of Justice’s judgment in the Huawei case.”

“It is really pleasing that, by means of this essay competition, we are able to encourage more students to immerse themselves in issues relating to procurement and competition. These are areas that affect many different people and a large proportion of the social economy,” said the Director-General of the Swedish Competition Authority Dan Sjöblom in a comment.

For further information, please contact:
Jimmy Dominius, Press Secretary, tel. +46(0)76-542 15 80 jimmy.dominius@kkv.se
Joakim Wallenklint, Research Manager, tel. +46(0)8-700 16 03

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