GCR 2019: The use of economics in EU competition cases is further expanding

Copenhagen Economics has interviewed representatives from the European Union and a large number of Brussels-based law practices, the majority of whom recognizes that, consistent with last year’s findings, the use of economic analysis in competition policy continues to expand.

However, Brussels lawyers also agree that economists must strike a careful balance between the risk of legal uncertainty and the need for theories of harm to reflect the competitive dynamics in (novel) markets. Two recent examples reflect the difficulty of striking such a balance: the novel theory of harm on innovation effects and the analysis of data-driven markets.

Learn more in the Handbook of Competition Economics’ chapter on the European Union written by Claus Kastberg Nielsen, Adina Claici, Julia Wahl and Elisa Pau.

The chapter is an extract from GCR’s  Competition Economics Handbook 2019, first published in November 2018. Its expert-written specialist intelligence and research provides unique insights into, and analysis of, current and future competition economics trends.

For further information, please contact Claus Kastberg Nielsen

New study: Google data centre in Fredericia will contribute to Danish GDP and support jobs

Google is establishing a large-scale data centre in Fredericia (Denmark) and have announced to invest in Denmark DKK 4.5 billion (EUR 600 million).

We have forecasted the economic effects of the Google data centre in Denmark. Our forecast is based on Google’s planned investment for this data centre and past experiences from Google’s other data centres in Europe. We find that:

  • The investment will contribute to the Danish gross domestic product and create jobs both in the construction and operation phase.
  • Multiple channels of spillover effects in the value chain in the data centre industry are expected.
  • Google’s investments in better fibre networks, the so-called Havfrue subsea cable, will improve Denmark’s internet connectivity to North America.
  • Large-scale data centres are energy efficient and use less energy to deliver a given level of computing power compared to dispersed computing.
  • Finally, the data centre will use green energy as Google matches its worldwide electricity use with 100% procurement of renewable energy via PPAs.

Learn more about the study

For further information, please contact Bruno Basalisco.

Vacancy: Senior Economist for Stockholm

We are expanding our team in Stockholm and are looking for a passionate and entrepreneurial colleague within the fields of:

  • Regulatory economics
  • Competition economics
  • Micro-economics

As Senior Economist, you will have the opportunity to develop and grow your business area together with the rest of our talented team, consisting of colleagues in Stockholm, Copenhagen, Brussels and Helsinki. You will be managing projects for our existing clients as well as building relations with new clients in both the public - and private sector.

Learn more about this position

For further information, please contact Partner Martin H. Thelle

Vacancy: Senior Economist for Transport Team

We are currently looking for a Senior Economist to join our Transport team, based in either Copenhagen or Stockholm. 

We work for both public and private clients within aviation, rail, sea and road transport. In recent years, a majority of our work has focused on regulatory and competition questions, for example large EU airports.

As Senior Economist and service leader for Transport, you will lead our thinking and expertise in the field in close collaboration with the partner in charge. You will be managing projects for our clients, build relations with new clients and develop our offerings and services further.

Learn more about this position

For further information, please contact Partner Martin H. Thelle