16 October – 27th antitrust lunch: “Price discrimination in online / digital markets”

carhire-europcar2Dear Friends,

antitrustitalia’s 27th Antitrust Lunch is scheduled on Friday 16 October 2015 at Confindustria Bruxelles (Av. de la Joyeuse Entrée 1 – 1040 Bruxelles – Metro Schuman).

Dr Cristina Caffarra, Vice President and Head of European Competition Practice at Charles River Associates, will give a presentation in English on:

“Price discrimination in online / digital markets: is it fair, and is there a role for competition intervention?”

Price discrimination is a concern we thought we left behind in competition policy, but the advent of online and digital technologies has revamped the debate on such practice. Wider access to information on consumers can allow companies to design more refined mechanisms to discriminate prices on the basis of, for example, consumers’ geographical location, browsing behaviour, past purchasing history, etc. Concerns about the use of online price discrimination have been rising in recent years. Differential and personalised pricing has attracted the attention of competition authorities and the Commission has put geographic discrimination and geo-blocking at the centre of its Digital Single Market strategy. Cristina will provide an economist’s perspective on the new drive for enforcement in this area, and discuss merits and risks of differential pricing in online / digital markets.

Dr Cristina Caffarra heads up the Competition Team of Charles River Associates in Europe. She has provided expert economic advice and testimony on several cases before DG Comp, the competition authorities of several member states as well as the Courts in several jurisdictions. Cristina has been advising before DG Comp on several of the most high-profile merger investigations of recent years, and has been involved in numerous Art 101 and Art 102 matters – including investigations of interchange fees and enforcement of standard essential patents, discriminatory practices in search and online markets, price parity clauses in online platforms, exclusionary abuses from predation to refusal to supply to tying and bundling, as well as cartels and information exchange cases.  Cristina holds a Master and PhD in Economics from Oxford University, she lectures in Competition economics and is a regular contributor to conferences on competition and policy matters.

Refreshments will be provided at 12.30, the presentation will begin at 13.00 and will finish at 14:15.

To register please click here. Entrance is free for antitrustitalia members. For non-members there will be a fee of €15 to cover the cost of the lunch. Receipts can be printed from Eventbrite directly.

As space is limited, please let us know if you are unable to attend, so that we can offer your place to other colleagues. For the non-members who will notify the cancellation by Wednesday 14 October, the fee will be reimbursed directly from the link above.

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