Evaluation of the Office for Protection of Competition Decisions Regarding Abuse of Dominance with an Effects-Based Approach
|Author:||Bc. Jiří Hruban|
|Year:||2017 - winter|
|Leaders:|| PhDr. Pavel Vacek Ph.D.
|Work type:|| Bachelors
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|Abstract:||The bachelor thesis evaluates decisions of the (Czech) Office for the Protection of
Competition (OPC) in abuse-of-dominance cases with an emphasis on its impact on consumers.
The first part briefly summarises available effects-based approaches to abuse of dominance.
The second part analyses five particular cases that were decided by the OPC. The author points
out several recurring weaknesses of the OPC’s economic reasoning. In some instances, the OPC
seems to be using selective economic argumentation only to support the result at which it
arrived by intuition. Economic evidence is thus interpreted with respect to the pre-defined
conclusion; it is not investigated unbiasedly, and resulting justification is unsound. Although
the OPC knows a wide variety of tools for economic analysis, it is sometimes unable to identify
the situations at which individual tools should be applied.