Competition Matters 2017 speaker profile: Professor Ralph Winter

Competition Matters will be held on 20 and 21 July in Wellington, New Zealand.

The two-day event offers sessions in the competition, regulation and consumer areas, with breakout sessions where delegates can choose the session most suited to them.

Professor Ralph Winter will discuss competition policy in two-sided markets.

His keynote session will explore the question of whether a new set of principles is required for competition policy in two-sided markets. Professor Winter will focus on vertical restraints in the market for credit card services, which has recently been an area of interest in competition law.

Professor Winter holds the Canada Research Chair in Business Economics and Public Policy at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where he has been since 2002. He teaches in the areas of applied contract theory, industrial organisation and research methodology.

Before joining UBC, Professor Winter taught in the Department of Economics and the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Yale Law School and the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.

Professor Winter has published extensively in the area of competition policy, on matters ranging from economic theory, especially game theoretic models of the impact of business strategies, to competition law. His main focus within research in this area has been on the competitive impact of contracts, especially vertical restraints.

Professor Winter has an extensive background in consulting in both competition policy matters and the incentive impact of liability regimes. He has consulted with the US Department of Justice and the Competition Bureau in Canada for more than 20 years on a wide variety of cases.

The conference builds on the success of the two previous Competition Matters conferences and we hope that you will be pleased with this year’s format and programme.

Professor Winter will also be a discussant to Professor Michal Gal’s (University of Haifa) session, ‘Competition policy in small markets’.

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