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Blowing the Whistle

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  • José Apesteguia
  • Martin Dufwenberg
  • Reinhard Selten

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Leniency clauses, offering cartelists legal immunity if they blow the whistle on each other, is a recent anti-trust innovation. The authorities wish to thwart cartels and promote competition. This effect is not evident, however; whistle-blowing may enforce trust and collusion by providing a tool for cartelists to punish each other. We examine the impact of leniency law, and other rules, theoretically and experimentally.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse9_2003.

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Date of creation: Apr 2003
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse9_2003

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Keywords: Anti-trust; leniency; immunity; amnesty; blow the whistle; cartels; price competition; Bertrand model; experiment; communication;

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