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EU Competition Law and Economics
  • Publisher :
    Oxford University Press
  • Author :
    Damien Geradin, Dr Anne Layne-Farrar, and Nicolas Petit
  • ISBN :
    9780199566563
  • Year of publishing :
    2012
  • Format :
    Hardback
  • Pages :
    600
  • This is the first EU competition law treatise to fully integrate economic reasoning in its treatment of European Commission decisions and the case-law of the European Court of Justice
  • Written by two expert competition law practitioners and academics and a prominent economic consultant, this book is more accessible to a legal audience than most existing titles which are predominantly written only by economists
  • The structure of the book fully integrates the economic discussion and the legal analysis, rather than having separate sections, for ease of use and to facilitate understanding of the practical implications of economics for competition law
This is the first EU competition law treatise that fully integrates economic reasoning in its treatment of the decisional practice of the European Commission and the case-law of the European Court of Justice. Since the European Commission's move to a "more economic approach" to competition law reasoning and decisional practice, the use of economic argument in competition law cases has become a stricter requirement. Many national competition authorities are also increasingly movingaway from a legalistic analysis of a firm's conduct to an effect-based analysis of such conduct, indeed most competition cases today involve teams composed of lawyers and industrial organisation economists.

Competition law books tend to have either only cursory coverage of economics, have separate sections on economics, or indeed are far too technical in the level of economic understanding they assume. Ensuring a genuinely integrated approach to legal and economic analysis, this major new work is written by a team combining the widely recognised expertise of two competition law practitioners and a prominent economic consultant. The book contains economic reasoning throughout in accessible form, and, more pertinently for practitioners, examines economics in thelight of how it is used and put to effect in the courts and decision-making institutions of the EU. A general introductory section sets EU competition law in its historical context. The second chapter goes on to explore the economics foundations of EU competition law. What follows then is an integrated treatment of each of the core substantive areas of EU competition law, including Article 101 TFEU, Article 102 TFEU, mergers, cartels and other horizontal agreements and vertical restraints.
Readership: This book will appeal to practitioners and academics specialising in competition law but will also be of interest to economists working in the field and non specialist commercial practitioners.