Ongoing Research

Who Complies with the Law? The Assignment of Individual Antitrust Liability by Corporations and Regulators

How do corporations manage antitrust liability risks? Based on interviews with antitrust law compliance officers and a survey on antitrust compliance best practices, this project examines how the responsibility to comply with the US antitrust laws is shared by and distributed among different groups of corporate employees.

How Globalization Shapes New Legal Professions: The Development of Competition Consultancy Fields in Turkey and Mexico

The existing research shows economic globalization helps the emergence of new professions in the Global South, but it has seldom looked at the effects of globalization on the developments within a professional field. Using the case of competition (law) consultants in two developing countries (Turkey and Mexico), this paper demonstrates how individuals use global connections to create internal segments and hierarchies reinforcing their positions within emerging professional fields.

Trust, Mistrust and Antitrust: The Benefits of Uncertainty in Market Exchanges

Classic theories on markets emphasize that they need some degree of certainty (reduced information asymmetries) for market exchange to take place, but uncertainty is also important. Based on insights from antitrust regulations, this theoretical paper discusses how uncertainty or mistrust between market actors is also an important component of market exchange.

"Price Gouging" or Market Price? Understanding the Moral Denunciations of Price Increases on Crisis Goods

When and why some increases in consumer good prices are considered "normal" in a market economy, while some others are considered unacceptable (i.e., "price gauging") and trigger some societal, moral, institutional, and organizational responses? This research project has its starting point in the recent moral denouncement of price hikes on medical masks and hand sanitizers during the Covid-19 pandemic and explores how societal norms and cultural codes over consumer prices configure markets.