How a cartel operates: evidence from Graphite Electrode cartel from a social network perspective
Carlos Ponce and
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Carlos Ponce: Universidad Alberto Hurtado
Flavia RoldÃ¡n: Universidad ORT Uruguay. Facultad de AdministraciÃ³n y Ciencias Sociales. Departmento de EconomÃa
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No 113, Documentos de InvestigaciÃ³n from Universidad ORT Uruguay. Facultad de AdministraciÃ³n y Ciencias Sociales
This article analyses the organization of communication in the Graphite Electrode cartel. By using European Commission data, we reconstruct the network of communication among cartelâ€™s participants. From this information, we can state that the Graphite Electrode conspiracy is organized in a decentralized way, where the hierarchical rank of participants was key in the organization of meetings. The low level of density index in the overall network may indicate that cartelâ€™s designers took care about security target by reducing the level of communication. The analysis of different centrality measures may suggest that cartelâ€™s instigators exerted a role of coordinators, but in a position such that they remained hidden from antitrust scrutiny. That is, operativeness could has been limited by the security target.
Keywords: affiliation network; collusion; organization; communication. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L1 L4 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 24 pages
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