Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2022 The Centre for Competition Law and Economics (CCLE), a research unit in the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, hereby invite applications for a twelve-month postdoctoral research fellowship. Eligibility Applicants should hold a PhD in economics, with specialization in industrial organization. Applicants holding PhDs from North American or European institutions will be given preference. The research of applicants can focus on theoretical or empirical topics in industrial organization, antitrust and related fields of micro-economics. Requirements of the position The successful applicant will be expected to actively advance his/her current research projects, including the publication of existing research. The successful applicant will also be expected to drive a project involving the economics of excessive pricing, which forms part of EU and South African competition policy, in collaboration with other members of the CCLE. Period The starting date is negotiable, but the aim is to commence the fellowship by June 2022. The fellowship is likely to be renewed for one further year, subject to the applicant’s performance and to the availability of funding. Benefits A scholarship amount of R230,000 (approximately 13,100 euro) is available for the twelve-month period. Note that living expenses in euro/dollar terms [...]
Relying on competition policy – and specifically provisions against excessive pricing – to prosecute price gouging comes with significant challenges. In this op-ed, Prof Willem Boshoff, co-director of the CCLE, unpacks some of these challenges.
Prof Willem Boshoff, Co-Director of the CCLE, recently participated in a webinar with Marylla Govender from Compliance Online to discuss excessive pricing. The focus was on the new excessive pricing regulations. For a recording of the event, please contact Nino Haasbroek at email@example.com.
Assessing excessive pricing during the Covid-19 crisis will be challenging. Based on the regulations published last week in the Government Gazette, South African competition authorities will compare prices during the period of national disaster to prices over December 2019 to February 2020 when determining excessive pricing. In this comment, Prof Willem Boshoff of the CCLE argues that such a short benchmark period raises challenges to understanding how the price of a product 'normally' responds to demand and cost factors. You can access the link here.
On 19 March 2020, the Minister of Trade and Industry published regulations in the Government Gazette, pertaining to the pricing and supply of certain consumer and medical products and services during the Covid-19 national disaster period. Some of the regulations relate to the Competition Act’s provisions on excessive pricing. In this short opinion piece, Prof Willem Boshoff provides a high-level economics commentary. You can access the link here.
This year the Department of Economics at Stellenbosch University is celebrating its 100th birthday. Over the week of 5-10 October a range of events are planned, which will showcase the breadth and depth of the Department’s research expertise and social impact. As part of the celebrations, the CCLE will be hosting a colloquium on South African competition policy on Saturday 10 October. The CCLE co-directors, Prof Willem Boshoff and Prof Philip Sutherland, will be joined by CCLE affiliates Prof Nicola Theron, Extraordinary Professor in the Department, and Prof Liberty Mncube, Honorary Professor in the Department. For more information on the centenary, visit: www.econcentenary.com