Quantitative Techniques for Competition and Antitrust Analysis
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Quantitative Techniques for Competition and Antitrust Analysis

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This book combines practical guidance and theoretical background for analysts using empirical techniques in competition and antitrust investigations. Peter Davis and Eliana Garces show how to integrate empirical methods, economic theory, and broad evidence about industry in order to provide high-quality, robust empirical work that is tailored to the nature and quality of data available and that can withstand expert and judicial scrutiny. Davis and Garces describe the toolbox of empirical techniques currently available, explain how to establish the weight of pieces of empirical work, and make some new theoretical contributions. The book consistently evaluates empirical techniques in light of the challenge faced by competition analysts and academics--to provide evidence that can stand up to the review of experts and judges. The book's integrated approach will help analysts clarify the assumptions underlying pieces of empirical work, evaluate those assumptions in light of industry knowledge, and guide future work aimed at understanding whether the assumptions are valid. Throughout, Davis and Garces work to expand the common ground between practitioners and academics.
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  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 152 x 235 x 43.18mm | 936g
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 100 line illus.
  • 0691142572
  • 9780691142579
  • 493,983

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"This book will be eminently helpful to both the practitioner with an undergraduate background in economics and to the academic economist. It offers the practitioner a clear and concise rendering of the techniques used in antitrust analysis. It offers the academic an explanation of the issues that arise in antitrust cases and the institutional setting in which they are analyzed."--Ariel Pakes, Harvard University

"An excellent and wide-ranging introduction to the new econometric literature that has played an increasingly important role in competition policy over the past decade."--John Sutton, London School of Economics and Political Science

"Davis and Garcés have filled a longstanding gap in the market with their detailed overview of modern empirical research in industrial organization. Their book would be an excellent text for a graduate class in empirical industrial organization. More generally, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to the field."--Robert Porter, Northwestern University

"There is no other book like this on the market. The authors provide essential guidance for skilled antitrust practitioners who want to learn up-to-date empirical methods. The comprehensive body of material, skillfully explained, will also be of great use to graduate students and academics who want to explore the intersections of policy and econometric practice."--Steven Berry, Yale University

"This book provides a comprehensive overview of quantitative techniques used in competition analysis, ranging from very simple methods when limited data are available to the most advanced and state-of-the-art techniques. It fills important gaps because no other recent book combines insights from empirical industrial organization and quantitative competition policy analysis. There is also a very good mix between discussion of techniques and cases. Although its primary audience is practitioners at competition policy authorities, it will also interest academics and consultants and can serve as a textbook for advanced masters and PhD courses."--Frank Verboven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

"This very useful book is a great addition to the discipline. Applied industrial organization is a rapidly developing field, with many open areas and problems, but practitioners are often forced to work with what is available to make antitrust decisions. A good user's manual like this one is important to have. I am sure practitioners will find this a handy toolbox."--Maarten Pieter Schinkel, University of Amsterdam
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Table of contents

Preface ix Acknowledgments xii Chapter 1: The Determinants of Market Outcomes 1 1.1 Demand Functions and Demand Elasticities 1 1.2 Technological Determinants of Market Structure 19 1.3 Competitive Environments: Perfect Competition, Oligopoly, and Monopoly 37 1.4 Conclusions 61 Chapter 2: Econometrics Review 62 2.1 Multiple Regression 63 2.2 Identification of Causal Effects 89 2.3 Best Practice in Econometric Exercises 113 2.4 Conclusions 119 2.5 Annex: Introduction to the Theory of Identification 121 Chapter 3: Estimation of Cost Functions 123 3.1 Accounting and Economic Revenue, Costs, and Profits 125 3.2 Estimation of Production and Cost Functions 131 3.3 Alternative Approaches 149 3.4 Costs and Market Structure 158 3.5 Conclusions 160 Chapter 4: Market Definition 161 4.1 Basic Concepts in Market Definition 162 4.2 Price Level Differences and Price Correlations 169 4.3 Natural Experiments 185 4.4 Directly Estimating the Substitution Effect 191 4.5 Using Shipment Data for Geographic Market Definition 198 4.6 Measuring Pricing Constraints 201 4.7 Conclusions 227 Chapter 5: The Relationship between Market Structure and Price 230 5.1 Framework for Analyzing the Effect of Market Structure on Prices 231 5.2 Entry, Exit, and Pricing Power 256 5.3 Conclusions 282 Chapter 6: Identification of Conduct 284 6.1 The Role of Structural Indicators 285 6.2 Directly Identifying the Nature of Competition 300 6.3 Conclusions 341 6.4 Annex: Identification of Conduct in Differentiated Markets 343 Chapter 7: Damage Estimation 347 7.1 Quantifying Damages of a Cartel 347 7.2 Quantifying Damages in Abuse of Dominant Position Cases 377 7.3 Conclusions 380 Chapter 8: Merger Simulation 382 8.1 Best Practice in Merger Simulation 383 8.2 Introduction to Unilateral Effects 386 8.3 General Model for Merger Simulation 401 8.4 Merger Simulation: Coordinated Effects 426 8.5 Conclusions 434 Chapter 9: Demand System Estimation 436 9.1 Demand System Estimation: Models of Continuous Choice 437 9.2 Demand System Estimation: Discrete Choice Models 462 9.3 Demand Estimation in Merger Analysis 491 9.4 Conclusions 499 Chapter 10: Quantitative Assessment of Vertical Restraints and Integration 502 10.1 Rationales for Vertical Restraints and Integration 503 10.2 Measuring the Effect of Vertical Restraints 518 10.3 Conclusions 553 Conclusion 555 References 557 Index 577
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"This very useful book is a great addition to the discipline. Applied industrial organization is a rapidly developing field, with many open areas and problems, but practitioners are often forced to work with what is available to make antitrust decisions. A good user's manual like this one is important to have. I am sure practitioners will find this a handy toolbox."--Maarten Pieter Schinkel, University of Amsterdam "This book provides a comprehensive overview of quantitative techniques used in competition analysis, ranging from very simple methods when limited data are available to the most advanced and state-of-the-art techniques. It fills important gaps because no other recent book combines insights from empirical industrial organization and quantitative competition policy analysis. There is also a very good mix between discussion of techniques and cases. Although its primary audience is practitioners at competition policy authorities, it will also interest academics and consultants and can serve as a textbook for advanced masters and PhD courses."--Frank Verboven, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven "There is no other book like this on the market. The authors provide essential guidance for skilled antitrust practitioners who want to learn up-to-date empirical methods. The comprehensive body of material, skillfully explained, will also be of great use to graduate students and academics who want to explore the intersections of policy and econometric practice."--Steven Berry, Yale University "Davis and Garc s have filled a longstanding gap in the market with their detailed overview of modern empirical research in industrial organization. Their book would be an excellent text for a graduate class in empirical industrial organization. More generally, the authors provide a comprehensive introduction to the field."--Robert Porter, Northwestern University "An excellent and wide-ranging introduction to the new econometric literature that has played an increasingly important role in competition policy over the past decade."--John Sutton, London School of Economics and Political Science "This book will be eminently helpful to both the practitioner with an undergraduate background in economics and to the academic economist. It offers the practitioner a clear and concise rendering of the techniques used in antitrust analysis. It offers the academic an explanation of the issues that arise in antitrust cases and the institutional setting in which they are analyzed."--Ariel Pakes, Harvard University
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About Peter Davis

Peter Davis is deputy chairman of the United Kingdom's Competition Commission. He previously served on the faculties of MIT Sloan and the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in economics from Yale University. Eliana Garces is a member of the cabinet of the European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs. She was previously a member of the Chief Economist's Team within the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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