Regulating Vertical Agreements: A Comparative Law & Economics analysis of Brazil and Europe

Caporale Madi, Maria Fernanda (2020) Regulating Vertical Agreements: A Comparative Law & Economics analysis of Brazil and Europe, [Dissertation thesis], Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna. Dottorato di ricerca in European doctorate in law and economics, 31 Ciclo. DOI 10.48676/unibo/amsdottorato/9621.
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This PhD thesis discusses antitrust enforcement of anti-competitive vertical agreements in Europe and in Brazil from an institutional perspective. It considers both the evolution of the legal framework and the application of the existing policies, with the analysis of case studies. The research highlights the main challenges of the current approaches adopted by the competition authorities in these jurisdictions and formulates specific proposals for future improvements. Because the Brazilian competition rules were originally inspired by the European legal framework, this thesis also summarizes the contemporary discussions regarding comparative law and the efficiency of transplanting laws and good practices. In a Law & Economics perspective, vertical agreements have always been a paradoxical topic and constitute one of the most dynamic disputes for antitrust enforcement. The reason for that concern is the fact that those contracts among companies are complex in nature. Taking into account this background, the thesis provides an original analysis of the pro- and anti-competitive effects of vertical agreements, based on the classical literature of Law & Economics. One of the novelties of the research is the extension of the economic analysis of vertical agreements to also consider new forms of contractual abuses in the context of digital markets, such as the contractual restrictions that are being put I practice in e-commerce platforms. The international comparative approach focuses on the Brazilian and European experiences, and opens up a reflection about the policy recommendations applied to several countries with similar economic and institutional realities.

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Tesi di dottorato
Caporale Madi, Maria Fernanda
Dottorato di ricerca
Scuola di dottorato
Scienze economiche e statistiche
Settore disciplinare
Settore concorsuale
Parole chiave
Competition Law and Policy; Vertical Agreements; Public and Private Enforcement; Brazil; European Union; Anti-Competitive Commercial Restrictions; E-commerce Practices; Institutions; Assessment of pro and anti-competitive effects; Ex-ante and Ex-post monitoring
Data di discussione
29 Giugno 2020

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