Competition economics working group discusses vertical merger effects, algorithms and abusive data processing conditions

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The Competition Economics Working Group of the Bundeskartellamt met on 13 December with the participation of Prof. Dr. Justus Haucap.

The following topics were on the agenda:
1) Mergers between companies at different stages of the value chain, which can lead to cost increases for competitors (raising rivals' costs),
2) the study on algorithms and competition by the Bundeskartellamt with the French Autorité de la concurrence, and
3) the classification under antitrust law of very extensive data collection and exploitation.

In addition to employees of the Bundeskartellamt and Justus Haucap, Prof. Dr. Stefan Bühler (University of St. Gallen), Prof. Dr. Roman Inderst (Goethe University Frankfurt am Main) and Prof. Dr. Markus Reisinger (Frankfurt School of Finance & Management) took part in the discussion.

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