Competition Economics Workshop for Chief and Senior Economists


 2-4 May 2018  Seoul, Korea


The OECD/Korea Policy Centre Competition Programme together with the International Competition Network are organising a workshop for Senior and Chief Economists in Seoul on 2-4 May 2018 to present ongoing issues on competition economics.



The programme aims at providing senior and chief economists of competition agencies worldwide with insights from the academia on key competition economic principles while providing an opportunity for sharing experiences.

Participants will be divided in two tracks:

  • The first track, targeted at more experienced agencies, will focus on more advanced and complex economics and tackle topics such as merger simulation, loyalty programmes, buyer power, big data, platforms and multi-sided markets.
  • The second track, dedicated to younger agencies, will explore the steps to increase the use of economic reasoning and economic tools in their case practice. Topics will include: the fundamentals of industrial organisation, game theory, market definition and market power,economics of mergers and buyer power.

A session on sharing experiences of how to organise economists in an agency will be moderated by the OECD.

Each session will be composed of a introduction by a leading academic and will be followed by case studies from participating agencies, allowing for interactive working sessions.  


Confirmed speakers  

The workshop will feature international academics, experts and practitionners including:  

  • Aviv Nevo [Bio]
    Professor, University of Pennsylvania
  • Tom Ross [Bio]
    UPS Foundation Professor of Regulation and Competition Policy, University of British Columbia
  • Yannis Katsoulacos [Bio
    Professor of Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business
  • Juan-Pablo Montero [Bio]
    Professor of Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Sang-Seung Yi [Bio]
    Professor of Economics, Seoul National University
  • Zhiqi Chen [Bio]
    Professor of Economics, Carleton University 
  • Ginger Jin [Bio]
    Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
  • Jacques Crémer [Bio]
    Research professor, Toulouse School of Economics



The OECD Korea Policy Centre’s Competition Programme has been organising capacity building events for Asian-Pacific Competition authorities since 2004. As economics has become more and more important in competition enforcement cases across the globe, the OECD/KPC has teamed up with with the ICN Agency Effectiveness Working Group, to organise a workshop looking in depth at some fundamental economic topics. The ICN had already organised a similar workshop in 2016 introducing topics such as merger remedies and vertical restraints in digital markets which triggered great interest from participants (read the event’s report). 



Meeting documents  






Registration: Registration is open to senior and chief economists from competition agencies only. Invitations are being sent to all agencies with registration details. If you have not yet received, please contact We are accepting one participant per agency to register until Monday, 2 April 2018. Should there be remaining space available after 2 April, additional participants will be confirmed.


Substantive questions: Any questions related to the scope of the workshop should be sent to


Related materials 

Rethinking the use of traditional antitrust enforcement tools in multi-sided markets, 2017

Big data, 2016

Fidelity rebates and competition, 2016

Market Definition, 2012

Monopsony and Buyer Power, 2008

Loyalty and Fidelity Discounts and Rebates, 2002

Buying Power of Multiproduct Retailers, 1998


List of all best practice roundtables on competition  


Related links  

OECD/KPC Competition Programme page

ICN Agency Effectiveness Working Group page

More OECD work on Competition


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