European Competition Economics and Policy

European Competition Economics and Policy (ECEP)

This research cluster focuses on the increasing importance of competition economics. In Europe, the approach to assess markets was modernised in the late 90ies by introducing the "more economics based approach" in EU competition law. This approach was originally developed at the VUB too. The ECEP cluster enhances this tradition by focusing on modern economic concepts which correspond to the legal requirements as developed by the EU Courts.

By incorporating economic, legal, political science and sociological perspectives in our work we produce inter-disciplinary research results. Within the ECEP cluster we explore EU law and policies as well as its further development from an economic perspective. Thereby we contribute to a “European school of thought” in competition economics and policy.

Several research projects are being conducted simultaneously with topics related to this new approach. Our research subjects build bridges between public and private sector issues.

The ECEP cluster assembles professors and a group of PhD students with eminent academic qualifications. Most members have an interdisciplinary background with strong econometric skills. Cluster meetings are regularly organized to discuss our research projects, to explore new methodologies and to develop further the school of thought in European competition economics. With these activities we intend to contribute actively to competition policy shaping in Europe and worldwide.   

Our cluster is looking for opportunities to network and collaborate with other organisations from the academic, policy and business community.  

The European School of Thought

Research in this cluster contributes to and develops the European school of thought for competition policy. Several dominant schools of thought have influenced the development and ideas of European competition policy in the past. Although some global convergence on the subject of competition policy is recognizable, there are still fundamental differences between the EU and other jurisdictions.

The EU is a distinct organization which is unique in several aspects. That is why it is not appropriate to apply law-economics-related methods which have been developed in other jurisdictions/parts of the world. As the law diverges, so does economic thinking and policy.

In the EU, economic considerations are of particular importance. Indeed, EU competition policy is an important pillar in the European integration process and is strongly related to the overall goals of the EU as enshrined in the EU Treaties.  Competition economics applied in EU competition law proceedings needs to consider these peculiarities.

The European school of thought takes into account these concerns by developing a coherent European competition economics concept. This school of thought is characterized by theories of harm corresponding to the goals embedded in the EU Treaties and EU competition policy. It is also distinct in that it uses competition economics to reach several broader EU policy objectives.

 

Ph.D. candidates

Our research cluster is open to new Ph.D. candidates, adding to our efforts to research European competition law and policy from an economic, legal, political science, and/or sociological perspective. 

People interested in pursuing Ph.D. opportunities, should provide us with the following information:

–      A detailed curriculum vitae (CV) including grades (in particular for your master thesis)

–      Title of your research proposal 

–      A research proposal of max 2000 words, covering the following elements:

o   Project summary in laymen’s terms (150 words)

o   State of the art of existing research regarding this topic (500 to 750 words)

o   Research question and objectives (250 words)

o   Methodology (500 to 750 words)

o   Work plan, i.e. how do you plan to do the research and what is your timing (150 words)

o   Academic references 

 You can apply two times per year:

–      1. June

–      1. December 

Applications must be submitted to Caroline Buts (carobuts@vub.ac.be).

 

A selection commission, consisting of two of the research cluster’s professors, will decide on the admissibility of your proposal and contact you within 2 months after submission of your proposal. 

 

Current research projects

 

Application of the EU State Aid Crisis Provisions in the Banking Sector – Fair Competition and What´s to Come After Phasing-out

Jirka Zapletal

Bank Rescue Packages and Their Effects on Retail Customers: the Belgian Example

Camelia-Emilia Grozea-Knuth

Ex-post evaluation of State-Aid

Pascal Hildebrand

The Mobile Phone Service Market Reconsidered using insights from Behavioural Economics

Nadine Schmitt

 

Members

 

Permanent staff

 

BUTS Caroline

Phone: +32 2 629 13 99
Email: Caroline.Buts@vub.ac.be
Office: C.2.27

Research domain: State aid economics and policy
Publications

 

 

HILDEBRAND Doris 

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: Doris.Hildebrand@vub.ac.be
Office: B.2.11

Research domain: Mergers, agreements/self-assessment/antitrust, cartel damages, Staid aid, regulatory aspects
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Website

 

 

JEGERS Marc

Phone: +32 2 629 21 13
Email: Marc.Jegers@vub.ac.be
Office: C.2.22

Research domain: Managerial economics, nonprofit organisations, competition economics, financial analysis
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Associated staff

DONDERS Karen

Phone: +32 2 614 85 57
Email: Karen.Donders@vub.ac.be
Office: Pleinlaan 9 room 2.03

Research domain: State aid policy, services of general economic interest, public service broadcasting, anti-trust and media, media mergers
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VAN ROMPUY Ben

Phone: +32 2 614 85 55
Email: Ben.Van.Rompuy@vub.ac.be
Office: Pleinlaan 9 room 1.06

Research domain: EU and US competition law; antitrust; media; sport; EU law, gambling law
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VAN DEN SPIEGEL Freddy - CV

Phone: +32 2 629 21 28
Email: fvdspieg@vub.ac.be
Office: B.2.11

Research domain: 
Publications

Website 

 

GROZEA-KNUTH Camelia-Emilia

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: 
Office: B.2.11

Research domain:  
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ZAPLETAL Jiří

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: 
Office: B.2.11

Research domain:  
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Temporary research staff

 

 

HILDEBRAND Pascal

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: 
Office: B.2.11

Research domain:  


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LONDOÑO Rodrigo

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: 
Office: B.2.11

Research domain:  effectiveness of leniency policies


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RAES Steffi 

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: 
Office: B.2.11

Research domain:  
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SCHMITT Nadine

Phone: +32 2 629 21 68
Email: 
Office: B.2.11

Research domain:  
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