Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.4497 Cases in Competition Policy
(Cases in Competition Policy)
Koordinator (coordinator): Prof. Dr. Burkhard Hehenkamp
Ansprechpartner (contact): Tahmina Faizi (tahmina.faizi[at]
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.44971 / Cases in Competition Policy Seminar 30 Std (h) 120 Std (h) P 30 TN (PART)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​Basic knowledge of industrial organisation and game theory is helpful but not essential.

Inhalte (short description):

​This master's course covers selected issues or cases in competition policy. Each student explores, discusses, and presents a current issue or a case that some cartel authority has previously investigated (e.g. the European Commission, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), or the Bundeskartellamt (BKartA)). More specifically, the students analyze the economic and welfare consequences of specific types of anti-competitive behavior.

Further information will be provided in the introductory session.


(a) We start with giving you a brief introduction into the topics.

(b) You pick an issue or a case and phrase a research question that you want to explore. This has to submitted as a short proposal.
(c) You write a research paper.
(d) You present your work to the class.​

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):
  • ​learn the foundations of antitrust economics, competiton law and policy
  • acquire a deep unterstanding of selected topics in Competition Policy
  • learn about cartelization, collusion, mergers, preemptive and other types of anti-competitive ​behavior with regard to supplier behavior and welfare characteristics
  • search indenpendently for literature

  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):
  • ​apply concepts form industrial organisation and competition policy
  • learn about welfare consequences of anti-competititve behavior
  • draw policy recommendations
  • phrase a research question and answer it
  • learn how to address a research topics
  • write and present their own scientific paper​

  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):
  • ​learn how to give and receive constructive feedback​

  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):
  • ​learn how to evaluate ​a research topic independently
  • analyse and evaluate competition policy decision
  • learn how to present and discuss scientific ideas
  • present and discuss cases in competition policy

  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulteilprüfungen
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Besondere Form der Leistungserbringung. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 1 research proposal (2 - 3 pages) 10.00 %
    b) Hausarbeit seminar paper (12 - 15 pages) 55.00 %
    c) Mehrere. Details siehe Prüfungsumfang 3 Presentation & Feedback 35.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    M.Sc. IBS, M.Sc. BWL, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Taxation, Accountingand Finance, M.Sc. Winfo, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Stucke, Maurice E. & Grunes., Big Data and Competiton Policy, Oxford University, 2016 and
    Motta, M., Competition Policy: Theory and Practice, Cambridge University Press, 2005 and further literature such as announced in the kick-off lecture

    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    30 Personen
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):
    ​ ​pratical implementation/schedule: As announced in the kick-off meeting.

    In his/her proposal each student finds an issue or a case in competition policy that is interesting and deserves further investigation. Each student hands in a 2-3 page proposal that introduces the issue or the case, motivates why it is interesting and important to address this question, and outlines how he/she intends to further examine his/her issue or case.
    In his/her seminar paper each student presents the outcome of his/her examination. In the introduction of his/her paper he/she states and motivates his/her issue or case and outlines how he/she will proceed to examine this case. In the main body of the paper he/she presents the outcome of his/her exploration. The final section summarizes his/her findings and draws further conclusions.
    Formalities for the seminar paper: 12-15 pages of text, 12pt font, DIN/A4 with 2.5 cm margins, line spacing 1.5, american quotation system (Harvard system).
    Each student presents his/her seminar paper to the class.
    Providing feedback to another student gives opportunity to study another case or issue and fosters the ability to phrase peer-feedback.

    teaching language: English


    Students are selected according to the module selection regulations. Students who do not attend the first class meeting will be deregistered from the examination and the module. In case you are unable to attend the first meeting, please let us know by sending an e-mail to before the first meeting. If you do not inform us beforehand, you will be expelled from the course.

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