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The Law and Economics of Buyer Power in EU Competition Policy

The Law and Economics of Buyer Power in EU Competition Policy
  • Year of publication 2015
  • 230 pages
Author:Frederik van Doorn
Categories: Law Business and Commercial Law
Law European Law
Icon_printbook 978‐94‐6236‐564‐3 | hardcover | 1st edition | € 87.00 / $ 110.70 / £ 86.92
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The trend of retail concentration across the European Union has raised concerns on the buyer power that retailers may have in the relation with their suppliers. Following calls that the changing nature of competition demands a change in EU competition policy, this book investigates whether there is a ‘gap’ in current EU competition law concerning the potential harmful effects of buyer power from an economic efficiency perspective. Using a Law and Economics approach, the author identifies the potential concerns and assesses whether they can be addressed under the existing rules. While some critical comments are in place with regard to the consumer welfare standard that is applied, the author’s analysis does not indicate that the current substantive legal framework of EU competition law is unfit to address the (potential) harmful effects of buyer power.

Target group

Lawyers and practitioners in the field of competition law.

Author's information

Frederik van Doorn (1984) studied both Economics and Law at Utrecht University, Faculty of Law, Economics and Governance, where he obtained cum laude master degrees in ‘Economics and Law’ and ‘European Law’, respectively. He has published in the field of Competition Policy, Public Finance and European Law. His research specifically focuses on the interaction between Economics and Law, in search of a more successful cooperation between the two disciplines.