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Tomaso Duso appointed to steering committee of new research network "CEPR Competition Policy RPN"

Tomaso Duso was appointed as one of the four members of the steering committee of the newly founded CEPR Competition Policy Research & Policy Network. The purpose of the CEPR Competition Policy RPN is to become a leading platform for the critical discussion of competition policy design and outcomes. The RPN seeks to create a network of academics and enforcers to evaluate both influential decisions ...

08.06.2021
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Melissa Newham has successfully defended her dissertation

Melissa Newham, who works at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the KU Leuven. The dissertation with the title "Essays on the Economics of the Pharmaceutical Industry" was supervised by Jo Seldeslachts (KU Leuven and DIW Berlin). We congratulate Melissa on her success and wish her all the best for her future career!

28.04.2021
Statement

Green light for Fitbit takeover by Google is regrettable

The EU Commission has approved Google's acquisition of the fitness tracker manufacturer Fitbit. Here is a statement from competition economist Tomaso Duso, Head of the Firms and Markets Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin):

17.12.2020| Tomaso Duso
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Maximilian Schäfer has successfully defefended his dissertation

Maximilian Schäfer has successfully defended his dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin in November 2020. The dissertation with the title "Three Essays on the Economics of Digitization" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Hannes Ullrich (DIW Berlin, University of Copenhagen). Maximilian was a PhD student in the ...

26.11.2020
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Kevin Ducbao Tran has successfully defefended his dissertation

Kevin Ducbao Tran has successfully defended his dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin in September 2020. The dissertation with the title "Three Essays on the Economics of Online Platforms" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Hannes Ullrich (DIW Berlin, University of Copenhagen). Kevin was a PhD student in the Firms ...

01.10.2020
Report

DG Competition of the European Commission publishes several studies evaluating State aid rules provided by a consortium with the participation of the DIW Berlin

On 2 June 2020 DG Competition of the European Commission published several support studies on the retrospective evaluation of State aid rules. This “Fitness check” will serve as a basis for future Commission’s decisions about whether to further prolong or update the rules expiring in 2020. The consortium of DIW Berlin, Lear, Sheppard Mullin and UEA Consulting under the leadership ...

18.06.2020| Tomaso Duso
Report

Virtual Digital Economy Seminar (VIDE) co-organized by DIW research associate Hannes Ullrich

The Virtual Digital Economy Seminar (VIDE) features current research projects by prominent researchers worldwide via video conference. Hannes Ullrich from the Firms and Markets Department is among the co-​organizers of this open online international and inter-​institutional seminar on the digital economy.All seminars are on Thursdays at 8:00am Los Angeles - 11:00am New York - 4:00pm London - 5:00pm ...

28.05.2020| Hannes Ullrich
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Tomaso Duso appointed to EU Commission’s advisory group

European Commission’s Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager has approved Tomaso Duso’s appointment as member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy (EAGCP) at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition. The three years mandate starts on June 2020. The EAGCP creates a discussion forum on competition policy matters between academics who have a ...

27.05.2020
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Pauline Affeldt has successfully defended her dissertation

Pauline Affeldt, who works at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin.The dissertation with the title "Three Essays on the Economics of Merger Control" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (DIW Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Radosveta Ivanova-Stenzel  (Technische Universität Berlin).We ...

30.07.2019
Weekly Report

Artificial intelligence and big data can help contain resistance to antibiotics

by  Michael Ribers and Hannes Ullrich Improving physicians’ prescription practices is a primary strategy for countering the rise in resistance to antibiotics. This would prevent physicians from incorrectly prescribing antibiotics, one of the main causes of antibiotic resistance. The increasing availability of medical data and methods of machine learning provide an opportunity to generate ...

07.05.2019| Michael Allan Ribers, Hannes Ullrich
Press Release

More Europe: 13 challenges—13 solutions for more convergence, stability, and competition

Around 20 DIW Berlin economists present solutions to European challenges - Uniform conditions can make the EU more resilient - Better incentive systems ensure more convergence - Europe must be united in countering global economic risks such as the US tariff dispute Growth and progress towards equal living conditions across the European Union continues, but the crises of recent years have shown that ...

02.05.2019
Statement

Germany and France should defend European competition policy, not attack it!

The German and French economics ministers have introduced a Franco-German manifesto for a 21st century European industrial policy. Tomaso Duso, competition economist and head of the Firms and Markets Department at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), comments as follows:

20.02.2019| Tomaso Duso
Weekly Report

Construction industry momentum continues – state stimulus impacts prices

By Martin Gornig, Claus Michelsen, and Martin Bruns According to the German Institute for Economic Research construction volume forecast, the country’s construction industry will continue to flourish in the coming years. Companies can count on a rise in the nominal construction volume of around 7.5 percent in 2019 and 6.5 percent next year. The industry’s business cycle continues ...

14.01.2019| Martin Johannes Bruns, Martin Gornig, Claus Michelsen
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Marie Le Mouel has successfully defended her dissertation

Marie Le Mouel, who worked at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Knowledge-Based Capital and Firm Productivity" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (Technische Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin) and Prof. Dr. Alexandra Spitz-Oener (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). We congratulate ...

21.12.2018
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Tomaso Duso elected as an academic member in the Stearing Committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE)

Tomaso Duso was elected as an academic member in the Stearing Committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE) starting on 1st January 2019. ACE was created in 2003 and brings together competition economists working in government, academia and the private sector. It provides a forum for discussion and debate on competition-related policies and specific cases. It is a not-for-profit ...

21.12.2018
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Caroline Stiel has successfully defended her dissertation

Caroline Stiel, who works at the Firms and Markets department, has successfully defended her dissertation at the Technische Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "German Public Utilities: Organisation and Productivity" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Tomaso Duso (Technische Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin) und Dr. Astrid Cullmann (Technische Universität Berlin, DIW Berlin). We ...

09.11.2018
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Tomaso Duso appointed professor at the Technical University of Berlin

On September 12, 2018, the president of the Technical University of Berlin appointed Tomaso Duso professor of empirical industrial economics at the Faculty of Economics and Management. The appointment was made jointly with DIW Berlin and involves heading the Firms and Markets Department at DIW Berlin. Tomaso Duso was previously professor of empirical industrial economics at the Düsseldorf Institute ...

13.09.2018
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Fellowship by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) for Melissa Newham

Melissa Newham (Firms and Markets Department and KU Leuven), was granted the ICM-FWO Fellowship by the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), which is the most prominent funding channel for PhD students in Belgium. The funding period is one year renewable twice.

11.07.2018
Weekly Report

Net neutrality: prioritization is beneficial from an economic perspective

The principle of net neutrality was adopted by the European Union as a regulation promoting equality among all data packets in the Internet. Considering net neutrality from a purely economic viewpoint, however, the general possibility to prioritize data packets would likely lead to a more efficient use of existing network capacity. This is particularly applicable given the growth in data traffic and ...

21.06.2018
Weekly Report

Gigabit access: Germany lags behind in international comparison but demand is low

Broadband internet expansion is a topic of widespread discussion in Germany right now. But the country still has not met its own targets. Almost 100 percent of households are supplied with broadband connections with up to six megabits per second, yet Germany has lots of room to catch up when it comes to gigabit-capable connections—particularly in sparsely populated regions. On the demand side, ...

21.06.2018| Claus Michelsen
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