Pros and Cons 2016

We have a tradition of arranging seminars on major issues, where academics and practitioners meet in the same arena.

The seminars, which are open for competition authority employees, researchers, lawyers and competition consultants, have been appreciated for the open discussion among the participants and we hope that this year’s seminar will be no exception.

Seminar in Stockholm on Friday 11 November

This year’s seminar theme is The Pros and Cons of the Sharing Economy. The contributors will present their papers and leading officials from competition authorities around the world will act as discussants. The seminar takes place in Stockholm on Friday 11 November.

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Final Seminar Program

8.30 Registration
9.00 Introduction by the moderator
Professor Tommy Staahl Gabrielsen
Department of Economics, University of Bergen
9.15 Vera Demary, Doctor of Economics, Cologne Institute for Economic Research
Stepping up the game – the role of innovation in the sharing economy
Discussant: Alexis Walckiers, Chief Economist, Belgian Competition Authority, Belgium
10.15 Coffee break
10.45 Ioannis Kokkoris, Professor of Law & Economics, Queen Mary, University of London
Competition enforcement challenges in sharing markets 
Discussant: Dr Mike Walker, Chief Economic Adviser at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), United Kingdom
11.45 Ariel Ezrachi, Professor of Competition Law, University of Oxford
Can computers collude and discriminate?
Discussant: Jacob Schaumburg-Müller, Deputy Director General, Danish Competition and Consumer Authority, Denmark
12.45 Lunch  
13.45  Joshua Gans, Professor of Strategic Management, University of Toronto
Sharing the Competition
Discussant: Arno Rasek, Chief Economist, Bundeskartellamt, Germany
14.45  Coffee break
15.15  Sofia Ranchordas, Assistant Professor of Constitutional & Administrative Law, Leiden University
Sharing economy, competition law and pricing algorithms: some things just can’t be shared
Discussant: Tara Koslov, Deputy Director and Acting Director, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission, USA
16.15 Closing of conference

Each speaker has 30 minutes for their presentations and the discussants have 15 minutes each, leaving 15 minutes for general discussion.

Please note that the program may be subject to change.


The seminar venue is Konferens Spårvagnshallarna at Birger Jarlsgatan 57 A in the centre of Stockholm. See map


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The registration is closed. The seminar is free of charge.


If you have any question regarding the conference or the papers, please do not hesitate to contact members of the organizing committee:
Björn Axelsson ( or
Ann-Britt Bern (

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