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Competition policy and vertical foreclosure


Research objectives and content
In the last years a special attention has been devoted by competition policy to vertical integration and exclusive dealing as a way to create a market dominant position. My research project is directed to identify a number of robust conclusions on the possibility and desirability (both social and private) of market foreclosure. In particular I conjecture that the following can be proved: when consumers prefer to concentrate their purchases with a single supplier a vertical agreement that broaden the product line is likely to create a dominant market position and have anticompetitive effects. The effect on consumers' welfare, however, may not be negative because the retailer's monopoly power is offset by a larger variety of products. I'm also interested in providing a general framework to analyze the effects of vertical agreements unifying the literature on mergers and exclusive contracts and providing general conditions for a merger outcome to be replicated through contractual relations.
Training Content (objective, benefit and expected impact)
I expect an essential progress of my thesis, being the . University of Toulouse one of the leading centers where research on industrial organization and especially on vertical integration is developed. Links with industry / industrial relevance (22)
My research project has important links- with the european competition policy and especially with the activity of the European Commission in regulating mergers.

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