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Maximal Cartel Pricing and Leniency Programs

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  • Harold Houba

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Evgenia Motchenkova

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    (VU University Amsterdam)

  • Quan Wen

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    (Vanderbilt University, Nashville (TN), USA)

Abstract

For a general class of oligopoly models with price competition, we analyze the impact of ex-ante leniency programs in antitrust regulation on the endogenous maximal-sustainable cartel price. This impact depends upon industry characteristics including its cartel culture. Our analysis disentangles the effects of traditional antitrust regulation and the leniency program. Ex-ante leniency programs are effective if and only if these offer substantial rewards to the self-reporting firm. This is in contrast to currently employed programs that are therefore ineffective.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 08-120/1.

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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20080120

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Keywords: Cartel; Antitrust Policy; Antitrust Law; Antitrust regulation; Leniency program; Self-reporting; repeated game;

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  1. Evgenia Motchenkova & Rob Laan, 2011. "Strictness of leniency programs and asymmetric punishment effect," International Review of Economics, Springer, Springer, vol. 58(4), pages 401-431, December.

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