Title
Price squeezes in a regulatory environment
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
report
Publication
Antwerpen :UFSIA, [*]
Source (series)
Research paper / Faculty of Applied Economics UFSIA-RUCA ; 2003:7
Volume/pages
36 p.,
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Regulators have recently shown an increased sensitivity to the issue of price squeezes, especially telecom regulators in European countries. This paper analyzes the relevance and the scope of price squeeze tests as proposed by practitioners and economists, taking the existing regulatory environment as fixed. Based on the degree of existing regulation (full, partial or no) we distinguish between three types of price squeezes: regulatory squeezes, predatory squeezes, and squeezes as foreclosure. We argue that the scope of price squeeze tests is limited to predatory price squeeze tests, to be used in combination with other pieces of evidence as collected in standard predation cases. We propose a predatory squeeze test that respects previously made regulatory choices, in contrast with earlier proposed tests by European practitioners and economists. We extend the framework to ask at which aggregation level predatory price squeeze tests ought to be applied, a much-debated issue in telecommunications.
Full text (open access)
https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/43efba/bd998940.pdf
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