Title: Excessive Prices within EU Competition Law
Authors: Hou, Liyang # ×
Issue Date: Apr-2011
Publisher: Hart Publishing Ltd.
Series Title: European Competition Journal vol:7 issue:1 pages:47-70
Abstract: Due to the different views in economics the prohibition of excessive prices is among the most controversial subjects within EU competition law. This article aims to shed some light on this concept. In the following, it first identifies the exceptional circumstances that may justify antitrust actions against excessive pricing. Subsequently, an empirical research is undertaken on the two-step analytical framework established by United Brands: first, analysing whether the profit margin is excessive; if affirmative, then assessing whether the price is unfair in itself or compared with others. In particular, it focuses on the three uncertainties within that framework: (i) determining an excessive profit margin, (ii) examining whether a price is abusive in itself, and (iii) demonstrating an abusive price based on benchmarks.
ISSN: 1744-1056
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Unit KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)
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