Global cartels, leniency programs and international antitrust cooperation

Choi, Jay Pil and Gerlach, Heiko (2012) Global cartels, leniency programs and international antitrust cooperation. International Journal of Industrial Organization, 30 6: 528-540. doi:10.1016/j.ijindorg.2012.05.005

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Author Choi, Jay Pil
Gerlach, Heiko
Title Global cartels, leniency programs and international antitrust cooperation
Journal name International Journal of Industrial Organization   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0167-7187
Publication date 2012-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2012.05.005
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 6
Start page 528
End page 540
Total pages 13
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract In this paper we analyze cartel formation and self-reporting incentives when firms operate in several geographical markets and face antitrust enforcement in different jurisdictions. We are concerned with the effectiveness of leniency programs and the benefits of international antitrust cooperation between agencies. When international antitrust prosecution is uncoordinated, multi-market contact allows firms to reduce the amount of self-reporting in equilibrium and sustain cartels more effectively. We then discuss the effects of information sharing among antitrust authorities as a function of how much and which type of information is exchanged. We show that extensive information sharing might have an adverse effect on self-reporting by cartel members.
Keyword Cartel formation
Multi-market contact
Leniency programs
International antitrust cooperation
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 10 Dec 2012, 14:39:41 EST by Heiko Gerlach on behalf of School of Economics