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The Pros and Cons of Fighting Inflation with Competition Policy

Our annual international Pros and Cons conference, where academics and practitioners meet and discuss critical aspects of competition law and policy will take place in Stockholm on Monday 8 May, 2023. Previous conferences, widely attended by enforcers, lawyers and consultants, have been greatly appreciated and we are certain that this year’s event will be no exception.

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The theme of the 21st edition of the Pros and Cons conference in 2023 is motivated by the current economic crises where inflation have reached levels not seen in decades. The situation is critical for many as central banks have tightened monetary policy. Living costs for households have risen dramatically and led to calls for political action in many countries, including market intervention. Does weak competition bear part of the blame for the situation? Can competition policy be part of the solution to the crises?

Keynote address introduces the theme, which is followed by three panels.

Conference Programme

Time Title
8.30 Registration and Coffee
9.00 Welcome address by Rikard Jermsten, Director General, Swedish Competition Authority

Keynote address: Can competition policy help fight inflation?

Lars Magnusson, Professor of Economic History, Uppsala University

Richard Friberg, Professor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics 

10.10 Coffee break

Panel 1: Does weak competition lead to more inflation?

Martin Flodén, Deputy Governor, The Riksbank
Tina Søreide, Director General, Norwegian Competition Authority

Páll Gunnar Pálsson, Director General, Icelandic Competition Authority
Moderator: Karl Lundvall, Swedish Competition Authority

12.00 Lunch

Panel 2: Politicians consider new interventions to curb inflation – is competition at risk?

Ana Sofia Rodrigues, Chief Economist, Portuguese Competition Authority

Pierre Régibeau, Chief Competition Economist, DG Competition

Ioannis Lianos, President, Hellenic Competition Authority

Moderator: Sten Nyberg, Professor of Economics, Stockholm University

14.30 Coffee break

Panel 3: Does inflation weaken competition?

Antonio Buttà, Chief Economist, Italian Competition Authority

Linda Gratz, Director, E.CA Economics
Vanessa Turner, Senior Advisor, BEUC
Moderator: Martin Mandorff, Swedish Competition Authority 



Concluding remarks



The conference venue is World Trade Center (Meeting room: New York), Klarabergsviadukten 70, Stockholm. See map


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The conference is free of charge. The registration for in-person participation is closed.


The conference will be broadcasted live. The link to the livestream is published on this webpage (no pre-registration is needed for the webcast).

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