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The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation in Telecommunications

Perspectives for the New European Regulatory Framework Edited by Pierre A. Buigues, Professor of Strategy, European Strategies and Competition Policy, Toulouse Business School, France and Patrick Rey, Professor of Economics, Institut d’Economie Industrielle, Université des Sciences Sociales, France
Contributing to a convergence of legal and economic approaches, The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation in Telecommunications integrates economic theory into current EU antitrust policy within the sector. The book addresses the role of competition and regulatory policies on a number of key issues in telecommunications, such as market definition, collective dominance, access to networks, and allocation of scarce resources.
Extent: 488 pp
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Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 978 1 84376 510 3
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Competition Policy
  • Economic Regulation and Governance
  • Industrial Economics
  • Law - Academic
  • Telecommunications Law
Bringing together contributions from high level EU officials and prominent academic economists on one of the most exciting issues in industrial economics, this timely book aims to promote dialogue between policy and academic research, and provides a unique forum for debate on the new European regulatory framework in telecommunications.

Contributing to a convergence of legal and economic approaches, The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation in Telecommunications integrates economic theory into current EU antitrust policy within the sector. The book addresses the role of competition and regulatory policies on a number of key issues in telecommunications, such as market definition, collective dominance, access to networks, and allocation of scarce resources.

A must-read for anyone connected to the telecommunications sector, this book will appeal to anyone interested in European competition policy and regulation, from economic scholars and industry professionals to policymakers and policy analysts.
‘This book will provoke admiration from telecoms-regulation specialists and others with an interest in abstruse areas of industrial policy. It provides a valuable historical record of an important time in the development of telecoms regulation.’
– Paul Brisby, European Competition Law Review

‘This book is an important contribution to the literature on the evolution of competition and regulation in EU telecommunications. It involves a meeting of minds between academic economists and members of the European Commission responsible for policy in the telecommunications sector. It details steps recently taken to replace regulation with competition and highlights the difficult hurdles that still remain.’
– David Parker, University of Cranfield and University of Manchester, UK

‘Anyone who has tried to keep up with the rapid analytical and policy developments in the telecommunications industry should welcome this volume which brings together contributions from both antitrust officials in the EU and the US and from academia. All of the main issues, such as market definition, collective dominance and access and network sharing problems, are included along with an authoritative and up-to-date commentary of policy in the EU and US. The experience and expertise of the contributors make it an incomparable source for everyone concerned with this key sector.’
– Michael Utton, University of Reading, UK

‘The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation in Telecommunications is the outcome of a year long project conducted by the European Commission, and provides readers with a framework for enhancing the treatment of antitrust cases within the sector. Its fundamental point of departure is the aim of better integrating economics with the sector's industrial realities. An aim in which it succeeds. The work examines in-depth the fundamentals of network industry market definition (increasingly a problem in convergent industries), collective dominance, network access and resource allocation by cutting-edge academics and prominent European Commission antitrust officials. As such many lessons are relevant beyond narrow confines of the telecommunications sector. A particularly timely feature of the work is the inclusion of a section on 3G markets. The result is a definitive and important work. Taken as a whole, this resource provides valuable insights, and not only for the telecommunications sector but network industries in general. The tome is essential reading for business, telecommunication, public policy, and network technology decision-makers around the globe.’
– Gary Madden, Curtin University of Technology and Communications Economics and Electronic Markets Research Centre, Australia
Contributors: P.A. Buigues, M. Canoy, M. Cave, D. Choumelova, P. de Bijl, J. Delgado, J. Fehrenbach, D. Gabathuler, J. Gual, C. Hocepied, M.L. Katz, R. Kemp, R. Klotz, J. Kruse, P. Lowe, M. Monti, L. Papadias, P. Rey, W. Sauter, J. Tirole
Contents: Introduction Part I: Telecommunications and Antitrust Part II: Monitoring Competition in the Telecommunications Sector Part III: The New Regulatory Framework: Main Regulatory Texts Index