Does enforcement deter cartels? A tale of two tails
Joseph E. Harrington and
Peter L. Ormosi
International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2018, vol. 59, issue C, 372-405
This paper investigates the deterrent impact of anti-cartel enforcement. It is shown theoretically that if enforcement is effective in deterring and constraining cartels then there will be fewer cartels with low overcharges and fewer with high overcharges. This prediction provides an indirect method for testing whether the enforcement of competition law is effective. Using historical data on legal cartels to generate the counterfactual, we find significantly less mass in the tails of the overcharge distribution, compared to illegal cartels. This result is robust to controlling for confounding factors, and we interpret this as the first tentative confirmation of effective deterrence.
Keywords: Anti-cartel enforcement; Deterrence; Cartel overcharge (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C46 K14 K21 L41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (5) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:indorg:v:59:y:2018:i:c:p:372-405
Access Statistics for this article
International Journal of Industrial Organization is currently edited by P. Bajari, B. Caillaud and N. Gandal
More articles in International Journal of Industrial Organization from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Dana Niculescu ().