Determination of Optimal Penalties for Antitrust Violations in a Dynamic Setting
AbstractWe analyze a differential game describing the interactions between a firm that might be violating competition law and the antitrust authority.The objective of the authority is to minimize social costs (loss in consumer surplus) induced by an increase in prices above marginal costs.It turns out that the penalty schemes which are used now in EU and US legislation appear not to be as efficient as desired from the point of view of minimization of consumer loss from price-fixing activities of the .rm.In particular, we prove that full compliance behavior is not sustainable as a Nash Equilibrium in Markovian strategies over the whole planning period, and, moreover, that it will never arise as the long-run steadystate equilibrium of the model.We also investigate the question which penalty system enables us to completely deter cartel formation in a dynamic setting.We found that this socially desirable outcome can be achieved in case the penalty is an increasing function of the degree of offence and is negatively related to the probability of law enforcement.
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antitrust; policy; law; dynamic games;
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- Motchenkova, Evgenia, 2008. "Determination of optimal penalties for antitrust violations in a dynamic setting," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 189(1), pages 269-291, August.
- Motchenkova, E., 2004. "Determination of Optimal Penalities for Antitrust Violations in a Dynamic Setting," Discussion Paper 2004-019, Tilburg University, Tilburg Law and Economic Center.
- L41 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices
- K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
- C73 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Game Theory and Bargaining Theory - - - Stochastic and Dynamic Games; Evolutionary Games
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- NEP-COM-2004-11-07 (Industrial Competition)
- NEP-LAW-2004-11-07 (Law & Economics)
- NEP-REG-2004-11-07 (Regulation)
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- Evgenia Motchenkova & Rob Laan, 2011. "Strictness of leniency programs and asymmetric punishment effect," International Review of Economics, Springer, vol. 58(4), pages 401-431, December.
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