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Chairman of the Office of Fair Trading to speak at LSE on abuse of market power

John Vickers, chairman of the Office of Fair Trading, will speak on the abuse of market power on Tuesday 2 November at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

In the light of recent EU and US cases, this is perhaps the most controversial current issue for competition policy: lax policy would jeopardise the competitiveness of markets, but rigid policy would chill pro-competitive, pro-comsumer conduct. John Vickers will ask how should competition law deal with anti-competitive behaviour by firms with market power and provide an economic discussion of evolving legal standards of what is abuse of market power.

John Vickers is chairman of the Office of Fair Trading. He was previously chief economist at the Bank of England and a member of the Monetary Policy Committee. He is currently on leave from the Drummond Professorship of Political Economy at Oxford University.

Professor Timothy Besley, director of the Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines at LSE, will chair this event.

Abuse of Market Power is on Tuesday 2 November at 6pm in the Old Theatre, Old Building, LSE, Houghton Street, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To request a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

This lecture is hosted by LSE's Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD). For more information on the centre, see http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/| 

25 October 2004

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