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Revista de Economia Contemporânea

Print version ISSN 1415-9848On-line version ISSN 1980-5527

Abstract

KATSOULACOS, Yannis; MOTCHENKOVA, Evgenia  and  ULPH, David. PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ANTITRUST ENFORCEMENT FOR CARTELS: SHOULD THERE BE A COMMON APPROACH TO SANCTIONING BASED ON THE OVERCHARGE RATE?. Rev. econ. contemp. [online]. 2019, vol.23, n.2, e192321.  Epub July 29, 2019. ISSN 1980-5527.  https://doi.org/10.1590/198055272321.

We review recent theoretical literature pointing to the ineffectiveness, in terms of welfare impact, of currently applied sanctioning regimes for cartels by Competition Authorities (CAs). We then provide a comparison of the regimes taking also into account criteria related to ease of implementation and transparency. We argue the case for switching to a penalty regime, in which the penalty base continues to be the currently dominant penalty base of cartel revenue but in which, in contrast to current practice, the penalty rate is based on the rate commonly estimated in order to calculate damages in private damage claims, that is, the overcharge rate.

Keywords : antitrust penalties; antitrust enforcement; antitrust law; cartels.

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