Prof Willem Boshoff, co-director of the CCLE, and Prof Lukasz Grzybowski from the University of Cape Town are organizing a workshop in Stellenbosch on competition policy and regulation in digital markets. The workshop is funded by Economic Research Southern Africa and will take place from 30 September to 1 October. Below is the call for papers: Call for papers A 2-day ERSA workshop will take place on 30th September and 1st October 2022 in Stellenbosch. During the workshop prominent academics working in the field of Industrial Organization and Digital Economics will provide short lectures on relevant competition and regulatory issues in digital markets. In the remaining time, workshop participants will present their research and discussion papers. We welcome theoretical, empirical as well as policy-oriented submissions to discuss recent contributions. Topics of Interest Digital Platforms - Media Markets – Advertising – Privacy – E-commerce – Digital Marketing – Regulation and Competition Policy of the Digital Economy – Economics of Big Data, Algorithms and Artificial Intelligence – Intellectual Property Rights – ICT, Productivity and Growth – Innovation and Standards – Internet and Search – Net Neutrality – Networks and Pricing - Telecommunications – Internet and Software Industries Conference Details No workshop fee [...]
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.