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 organised a workshop for Senior and Chief Economists in Seoul on 2-4 May 2018 to present ongoing issues on competition economics.



The programme provided 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 were divided in two tracks:

  • The first track, targeted at more experienced agencies, focused 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, explored the steps to increase the use of economic reasoning and economic tools in their case practice. Topics included: 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 was moderated by the OECD.

Each session was composed of a introduction by a leading academic followed by case studies from participating agencies.  



The workshop featured 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). 



Any questions related to the scope of the workshop should be sent to [email protected].


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Meeting materials





Photo album




J. Crémer on the economics of platforms

G. Jin on big data

Z. Chen on the theory of buyer power


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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