Pros and Cons 2017

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 3 November

This year’s seminar theme is The Pros and Cons of Market Definition. 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 3 November.

See the webcast from the seminar

Seminar Program

8.30 Registration
9.00 Welcome address by the Swedish Competition Authority
9.05 Introduction by the conference Chair
Emeritus Professor Richard Whish
QC (Hon), King’s College London
9.15 Dr Hila Nevo
Lecturer, Economics and Management Department, Tel-Hai College
Private Labels and Relevant Markets 

Discussant: Nikodem Szadkowski, Deputy Director, Market Analysis Department, Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection
10.15 Coffee break
10.45 Professor Amelia Fletcher
Professor of Competition Policy, University of East Anglia
Revisiting the hypothetical monopolist test: the role of common sense market definitions

Discussant: Dr Ana Sofia Rodrigues, Chief Economist, Portuguese Competition Authority
11.45 Dr Cristina Caffarra
Vice President, Head of European Competition Practice, Charles River Associates
Market definition in platform markets

Discussant: Kate Collyer, Deputy Chief Economic Adviser, UK Competition and Markets Authority
12.45 Lunch  
14.00 Dr Lucrezia Busa
European Commission
Market definitions in mergers

Discussant: Dr Sebastian Wismer, Case Officer, Chief Economist’s team, German Federal Cartel Office
15.00 Coffee break
15.15  Professor Joseph Farrell
Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley
Making Market Definition Helpful

Discussant: Professor Lars Sørgard, Director General, Norwegian Competition Authority
16.15 Closing of seminar

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 is not final and may be uppdated.


The seminar venue is World Trade Centre (Lecture hall: New York), Klarabergsviadukten 70 in the centre of Stockholm. See map


See the webcast from the seminar


If you have any question regarding the conference or the papers, please do not hesitate to contact the organiser Marios Iacovides ( Administrative assistance can be provided by Saba Zarrani (

The information on this website will continuously be updated.


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