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Blowing the Whistle

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  • Apesteguia, Jose

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    (Public University of Navarre)

  • Dufwenberg, Martin

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    (Dept. of Economics, Stockholm University)

  • Selten, Reinhard

    (University of Bonn)

Abstract

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 Stockholm University, Department of Economics in its series Research Papers in Economics with number 2003:5.

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Length: 29 pages
Date of creation: 06 May 2003
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:sunrpe:2003_0005

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

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