The lecture course «An Economic Analysis of Russian Antitrust Policy in the
International Perspective» is designed for the students specialized on public economics,
economic analysis of law and public policy as well as for the specialists in economics
The objective of the course is to highlight the basics of competition policy in
general and antitrust regulation in particular, to analyze the main components of
antimonopoly policy and its’ application in Russia and abroad. In the center of analysis
are goals as well as toolkits of antitrust policy.
The course definitely does not pretend to replace the analysis of competition
law. Meanwhile, the economic analysis of legal rules and practice of its’ implementation
in order to assess the benefits and costs those regulation sets on the market
participants. The latter goal is especially important keeping in mind the adoption the
new Russian antitrust law «On protection of competition» (2006) and expected increase
of fines for the breaking the antitrust rules.
There are four main problems in the course. The first one is devoted to the
basic concepts and methods of competition and antitrust policy. The following three
parts of the course deal with the main problems of antitrust regulation those are
cartels, abuse of dominance and mergers.