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An Assessment of the Italian Antitrust Authority after Twenty Years of Activity


  • Giuseppe Colangelo


After a brief introduction on the historical development of the Italian Antitrust Authority, we aim at assessing its twenty-year long activity in favour of competition by looking at some significant statistical data about its interventions in the main fields of competence. The assessment is completed by the analysis, although brief, of antitrust cases considered significant. Our analysis leads us to claim that, even if sometimes successful and sometimes unsuccessful, the Authority's activity has been helpful to the country both as a vehicle to transmit the culture of competition and as a deterrence instrument able to prevent strong anticompetitive behaviour.

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  • Giuseppe Colangelo, 2010. "An Assessment of the Italian Antitrust Authority after Twenty Years of Activity," Economia dei Servizi, Società editrice il Mulino, issue 3, pages 427-436.
  • Handle: RePEc:mul:j1t56u:doi:10.2382/33881:y:2010:i:3:p:427-436

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    antitrust; competition; markets; K21; L40;

    JEL classification:

    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law
    • L40 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - General


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