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Effects of Antitrust Leniency on Concealment Effort by Colluding Firms

Leslie Marx and Claudio Mezzetti, Journal of Antitrust Enforcement, pp. 1–28, 2014

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We provide an economic analysis of the incentives created by an antitrust leniency programme, with particular attention to incentives created for effort directed at the concealment of collusion. The results point to a need for competition authorities to consider the effects of concealment when evaluating economic evidence of collusion. The results also suggest possible benefits from increasing penalties for cartels that use third-party facilitators.

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