Estimating damages from price-fixing: the value of transaction data


Hüschelrath, Kai ; Müller, Kathrin ; Veith, Tobias


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URL: https://ub-madoc.bib.uni-mannheim.de/32318
URN: urn:nbn:de:bsz:180-madoc-323181
Document Type: Working paper
Year of publication: 2012
The title of a journal, publication series: ZEW Discussion Papers
Volume: 12-036
Place of publication: Mannheim
Publication language: English
Institution: Sonstige Einrichtungen > ZEW - Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung
MADOC publication series: Veröffentlichungen des ZEW (Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) > ZEW Discussion Papers
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL: L41 , L61 , K21,
Keywords (English): Antitrust policy , private enforcement , cartels , overcharge , damages , cement
Abstract: We use a unique private data set of about 340,000 invoice positions from 36 smaller and larger customers of German cement producers to study the value of such transaction data for an estimation of cartel damages. In particular, we investigate, first, how structural break analysis can be used to identify the exact end of the cartel agreement and, second, how an application of before-and-after approaches to estimate the price overcharge can benefit from such rich data sets. We conclude that transaction data allows such a detailed assessment of the cartel and its impact on direct customers that its regular application in private antitrust cases is desired as long as data collection and preparation procedures are not prohibitively expensive.

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Hüschelrath, Kai ; Müller, Kathrin ; Veith, Tobias (2012) Estimating damages from price-fixing: the value of transaction data. Open Access ZEW Discussion Papers Mannheim 12-036 [Working paper]
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