The Pros and Cons

The Swedish Competition Authority annually arrange an international research seminar under the theme “The Pros and Cons”. At the seminar researchers and experts present their view on a particular competition issue.

The event “Pros and Cons” is arranged to disseminate and deepen the knowledge of central topics within the competition area and to allow researchers and practitioners to meet and exchange ideas. Since the first seminar in 2002, prominent economists and lawyers have discussed the pros and cons of interesting issues within the competition law.

The Pros and Cons of Rebates 2018

This year's Pros and Cons seminar addressed the issue of Rebates. The seminar will take place in Stockholm on Friday, 9 November, 2018.

The seminar, moderated by Professor Giorgio Monti, will discuss the question of how the competitive assessment of rebates has evolved and how the more economic approach is reflected in the assessment of rebates.

Read more about The Pros and Cons of Rebates and register here

Previous Pros and Cons

A selection from the different seminars.

  • The Pros and Cons of Market Definition 2017
    Researchers, practitioners and competition authority representatives highlighted the theme "The Pros and Cons of Market Definition" from different angles.
     
  • The Pros and Cons of the Sharing Economy 2016
    The Swedish Competition Authority organized an international seminar on sharing economy in Stockholm on the 11th of November 2016.
     
  • The Pros and Cons of Leniency and Criminalization 2015
    The Swedish Competition Authority organized an international seminar on Leniency and Criminalization in Stockholm on the 13th of November 2015.

  • The Pros and Cons of Antitrust in Two-Sided Markets 2014
    Researchers, practitioners and competition authority representatives highlighted the theme "The Pros and Cons of Antitrust in Two-Sided Markets" from different angles. 

  • The Pros and Cons of Counterfactuals 2013
    The Swedish Competition Authority organized an international seminar in Stockholm on the 6th December 2013. Invited speakers and opponents gave their presentations on the topic: "The Pros & Cons of Counterfactuals".
     
  • More Pros and Cons of Merger Control 2012 
    In the book "More Pros and Cons of Merger Control", the authors discuss the latest research on merger control and ex-post evaluation of merger decisions.
     
  • The Pros and Cons of Consumer Protection 2011  
    The Pros & Cons of Consumer Protection, focused on consumer protection, competition policy and the implications of recent developments in behavioral economics, as well as analyses based on information economics, for these policy areas.

  • The Cost of Different Goals of Public Procurement
    In 2011 we also organised a conference concerning public procurement with the theme The Cost of Different Goals of Public Procurement.

  • The Pros and Cons of Standard Setting 2010 
    Different standards may represent an obstacle to functioning competition. However, standards may simultaneously be an effective tool to guarantee diversity and innovations and thus strengthen competition.

  • The Pros and Cons of competition in/by the Public Sector 2009 
    Public intervention in markets can often result in distortion of competition, but how should it be analyzed? This question is explored in the book “The Pros and Cons of Competition in/by the Public Sector”.

  • The Pros and Cons of Vertical Restraints 2008 
    Do consumers stand to gain or lose when a manufacturer determines prices all the way through to the retail stage? Not even the researchers can agree on the answer. The Competition Authority contributed to the debate on this controversial issue by organising the seminar "The Pros and Cons of vertical restraints".

  • The Pros and Cons of High Prices 2007 
    Are high prices always a sign of inadequate competition? And why do competition authorities so seldom act against extremely high prices? These are two of the key questions in the book "The Pros and Cons of High Prices".

  • The Pros and Cons of Information Sharing 2006 
    Information sharing between competing companies may benefit the consumer. There are some information sharing activities that are not good for the consumer though, such as price agreements and market sharing etc. "The Pros and Cons of Information Sharing" tackles these issues and how the competition authorities should act in the light of recent research.

  • The Pros and Cons of Price Discrimination 2005 
    Price discrimination exists in different forms and it is a phenomenon which can have both positive and negative effects for the consumers as well as for welfare. The analysis of price discrimination has deep roots in the economic discipline, where it has long been recognized that it can be for good and for bad – and sometimes even necessary.

  • The Pros and Cons of Antitrust in Deregulated Markets 2004 
    The theme of the book "The Pros and Cons of Antitrust in Deregulated Markets" deals with the relationship between competition legislation and sectoral regulation. When is sector specific deregulation needed to steer the actions of undertakings and when is general legislation on competition sufficient? 

  • The Pros and Cons of Low Prices 2003 
    Can prices be too low? Yes, if the dominant undertaking tries to eliminate its competitors through predatory pricing. In the long run this can lead to reduced competition and higher prices. In order to learn more about the difficult subject of predatory pricing, the Competition Authority invited leading researchers in the area to submit contributions to the anthology "The Pros and Cons of Low Prices".

  • The Pros and Cons of Merger Control 2002 
    In the book "The Pros and Cons of Merger Control" prominent economists evaluate how accurate the Commission has been for the last ten years in prohibiting anti-competitive concentrations and allowing those who promote competition.

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