ACE 2011 Presentations

ACE 2011 presentations

Below you will find the presentations for the 9th annual ACE meeting, which took place at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) in Bergen, Norway on 17-18 November 2011.

Introduction: Dr. Miguel de la Mano, President ACE.

Welcome Address:  Dr. Christine B. Meyer, Director General, Norwegian Competition Authority. 


Plenary session:  Reflections on Economics in Competition Policy.

Chair: Dr. Miguel de la Mano, President ACE 


Professor Kai-Uwe Kühn, Chief Economist, DG Comp. 


Session 1b:  Retail Gasoline Study (Germany)

Chair: Professor Patrick Rey, Toulouse School of Economics 


Dr. Christian Ewald, Bundeskartellamt 

Tacit collusion at the pump?


Dr. Hans Friederiszick, E.CA Economics GmbH 

Competitive assessment of price cycles in German retail gasoline markets.


Professor Kai Hüschelrath, WHU/ZEW 


Session 1c:  Economics of Bus Markets (UK, France, other)

Chair: Professor Marc Ivaldi, Toulouse School of Economics 


Director Peter Lukacs, Office of Fair Trading 

Local bus services in the UK


Dr. Gunnar Niels, Oxera 

Competition ‘on the road’ or ‘for the market’?


Professor Philippe Gagnepain, University of Paris 

Competition and Regulation in Local Bus Services


Session 2a: Sasol

Chair: Professor Tommy Gabrielsen, University of Bergen 


Dr. Simon Roberts, SA Competition Commission 

Sasol fertilizer


Dr. Robert Stillmann, Charles River Associates 

Sasol Fertilizer. An alternative explanation


Professor Bruno Jullien, Toulouse School of Economics 


Session 2b:  Rio/BHP - aborted 101 "merger"

Chair: Professor Bruce Lyons, University of East Anglia 


Dr. Miguel de la Mano, DG Comp. 


Manager Julia Dietrich, Frontier Economics 

Planned BHP Billiton/Rio Tinto Western Australian iron ore JV. The customers’ perspective


Dr. Simon Bishop, RBB Economics 


Dr. Valter Sorana, Charles River Associates 


Session 3a: Unilever/Sara Lee

Chair: Professor Otto Toivanen, University of Leuven 


Dr. Szabolcs Lorincz, DG Comp. 


Dr. Nadine Watson, Compass Lexecon 


Dr. Ian Small, Charles River Associates 


Session 3b: Merger control - local vs national markets (Norway)

Chair: Professor Peter Møllgaard, Copenhagen Business School 

Merger Control Local v. national markets


Dr. Jostein Skaar, Norwegian Competition Authority 


Professor Lars Sørgard, Norwegian School of Economics 

Local vs national markets


Harald Selte, Senior Economist, BAHR 

Norwegian retail mergers


Session 4a:  Dutch Mortgage Market Pricing

Chair:  Professor Maarten Pieter Schinkel, University of Amsterdam 

Dutch Mortgage Market Pricing


Dr. Gülbahar Tezel, Netherlands Competition Authority 

Market Study Dutch Mortgage Market


Dr. Marco Haan, University of Groningen 

Dutch Mortgage Market Pricing On the NMa report


Chief economist Wim Boonstra, Rabobank 

The NMa on the Dutch market for residential mortgages. High concentration = weak competition?


Session 4b: Lafarge Perlmooser/Strabag (Cement merger, Austria)

Chair: Dr. Gergely Csorba, Hungarian Competition Authority 


Dr. Rainer Nitsche, E.CA Economics 


Professor Antoine Chapsal, MAPP 


Professor Frode Steen, Norwegian School of Economics