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Industrial Organization, Regulation, and the Foundations of Competition Policy

English title Industrial Organization, Regulation, and the Foundations of Competition Policy
Applicant Bühler Stefan
Number 114754
Funding scheme SNSF Professorships
Research institution Schweizerisches Institut für Empirische Wirtschaftsforschung (SEW-HSG)
Institution of higher education University of St.Gallen - SG
Main discipline Economics
Start/End 01.09.2007 - 31.08.2011
Approved amount 1'115'287.00
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Keywords (15)

Vertically-related markets; rice recommendations; (de-) regulation; networks; infrastructure; quality; Vertical restraints; recommended retail prices; network infrastructure; investment; deregulation; vertical foreclosure; exit; geography; culture

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
This research project focuses on the workings of imperfect competition. More specifically, the project adds to the analysis of the following key issues in modern industrial organization and regulation: (i)The workings of imperfect competition in vertically-related industries, where several firms are involved in manufacturing, distributing, and marketing the final product; (ii)The competitive effects of restructuring network industries, where the final product is distributed over a network infrastructure (e.g., telecommunications, electricity, railways, etc.);(iii)The theoretical and empirical foundations of competition policy. A key motivation for this project is the fact that competition authorities are increasingly faced with complex cases of alleged misconduct, especially in network and vertically-related industries, where the available economic literature offers little guidance. An important problem is the fact that many of the relevant game-theoretic models are not robust to subtle changes in assumptions or have never been subjected to thorough empirical testing. Consequently, this research project incorporates both theoretical and empirical work.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
Selling when brand image matters
Buehler S, Halbheer D (2011), Selling when brand image matters, in Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics, 167(1), 102-118.
The investment effects of price caps under imperfect competition: A note
Buehler S, Burger A, Ferstl R (2010), The investment effects of price caps under imperfect competition: A note, in Economics Letters, 106(2), 92-94.
Intimidating competitors - Endogenous vertical integration and downstream investment in successive oligopoly
Buehler S, Schmutzler A (2008), Intimidating competitors - Endogenous vertical integration and downstream investment in successive oligopoly, in International Journal of Industrial Organization, 26(1), 247-265.
The geographic determinants of bankruptcy: evidence from Switzerland
Buehler S, Kaiser C, Jaeger F, The geographic determinants of bankruptcy: evidence from Switzerland, in Small Business Economics, x, 1-21.

Scientific events



Self-organised

Title Date Place
Swiss IO Day 2011 06.05.2011 Bern, Switzerland
Empirical IO Workshop KOF-ETH/UNISG, Zurich 20.12.2010 Zürich, Switzerland

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
135143 Industrial Organization, Regulation, and the Foundations of Competition Policy 01.09.2011 SNSF Professorships

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