International Competition Network (ICN) Chief/Senior Economists Workshop
September 12-13, 2016
UBC Robson Square
Phelps Centre Hosts Competition Economists from Around the World
On the 12th and 13th of September 2016, chief and senior economists from the competition authorities of approximately 30 countries, all members of the International Competition Network (ICN), gathered at UBC Robson Square to discuss global competition policy, common challenges and best practices. The Workshop, sponsored and organized by the Phelps Centre and the Canadian Competition Bureau, featured presentations on theory and evidence by leading academics, presentations of important cases from a diverse set of authorities, and wide-ranging discussions on selected important topics. These topics included the assessment of potential anticompetitive effects of mergers; the impact of vertical agreements in on-line markets (for example between hotels and travel booking platforms); new techniques for uncovering price-fixing agreements by looking at suspicious patterns in prices; and the potential to prevent anticompetitive harm from mergers through the adoption of various remedies that might then still allow the merger to proceed.
The gathered economists, who came from Africa, Asia, Australia, the Americas (North, Central and South) and Europe, were welcomed to the Workshop by John Pecman, Commissioner of the Competition Bureau of Canada, who is himself an economist. In addition to providing a forum for the discussion of several important issues, the Workshop offered an opportunity for senior economists from competition authorities to network and discuss ways to further expand the role and effectiveness of economists in the ICN. The hope is that this Workshop will be the first of a regular gathering of chief and senior authority economists.
You can find a copy of the Program here.