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VWL VIII: International Competition Policy – Prof. Dr. Fabian Herweg

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The chair of International Competition Policy investigates the consequences of antitrust regulations on final prices, consumer well-being, and social welfare, for instance, whether the European Union’s prohibition of price discrimination by big manufacturers leads to lower prices for final customers. Our research is mainly theoretically oriented, builds upon and contributes to the theoretical literature on Industrial Organization, i.e. analyzing the strategic interactions of firms in markets with game theoretic tools.

Next to Industrial Organization and Competition Policy, another field of research we are active in is Behavioral Economics, which departs from the standard assumption of fully rational decision makers (Homo Economicus). In particular, we are interested in non-standard risk preferences like loss aversion, and how these preferences of customers or employees affect contracts offered by profit-maximizing firms and market efficiency. In other words, we contribute to the new fields of Behavioral Contract Theory and Behavioral IO. Analyzing the interaction between biased/naïve customers and rational profit-maximizing firms naturally gives rise to questions of consumer protection, e.g. whether it is desirable to regulate roaming fees or interest rates on overdrafts in order to protect customers from exploitation by cell phone providers and banks, respectively.

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