|Professor of Economics||
S dot W dot Davies at uea dot ac dot uk
Most of his recent research has been in Industrial Organisation in general and Competition Economics in particular. He has written on: tacit collusion, non-linear pricing in oligopoly, multinational firms, mergers, merger simulation and merger remedies, evaluating competition policy, buyer power in the retail food sector, the determinants of industrial structure and concentration, the Single European Market, diffusion of technology.
He has published thirteen books and over 50 refereed academic articles, official reports, and chapters in books, including papers for: Economica, Economic Journal, European Economic Review, International Journal of Industrial Organisation, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of International Economics, and the Review of Economics and Statistics.
He has undertaken research for a number of competition and other governmental bodies in both the UK and overseas. Since 2001 he has been an Academic Adviser to the Office of Fair Trading; and he was a previous editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics.
In his career at UEA, he has successfully supervised 17 PhD students and is currently supervising six more.
Centre for Competition Policy, ESRC, (with Morten Hviid, Bruce Lyons and Catherine Waddams).
Funded projects completed since 1.1.2001
“Assessing the consequences for competition of EC merger remedies” (with B.Lyons), for DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, 2005,
“The Benefits from Competition: some Illustrative UK Cases” for Department of Trade and Industry, 2004
“Post-merger study: efficiency effects of a global merger in the iron ore industry”, with B Lyons, for DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, 2002
Publications since 1 January 2001 (in reverse order)
Mergers and Merger Remedies under the EC Merger Regulation: Assessing the Consequences for Competition (with B. Lyons), 303 typescript pages, Edward Elgar, forthcoming in 2007.
Buyer Power and Competition in European Food Retailing, (with P Dobson, M Waterson and R Clarke), 203 pp., Edward Elgar, 2002.
"Competition Policy and the UK Energy Markets” (with C Waddams and C Whittaker), Which? Consumer Policy Review, vol. 17, no.1, pp.12-18 (2007)
"Benefits from competition: some UK cases” (with M Olczak), Economic Review, vol. 24.1, pp. 17-21 (2006)
"Liberalising partnership restrictions in Legal Services”, Managing for Success, Law Society, 32/33, pp. 18-21 (2006)
"Industrial specialisation and geographic concentration: two sides of the same coin? Not for the European Union" (with K Aiginger), Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. VII No.2, (2004)
"The Patterns and Implications of Increasing Concentration in European Food Retailing” (with P Dobson and M Waterson), Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol 54, issue 1, pp.111-126, (2003)
"Buyer Power and its impact on competition in the food retail distribution sector of the European Union" (with P Dobson, M Waterson & R Clarke), Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, vol 1, issue3, pp. 247-81 (2001).
"European Integration and the Changing Structure of EU Manufacturing, 1987-1993" (with L Rondi and A Sembenelli), Industrial and Corporate Change, vol. 10, no.1, 37-75, (2001)
"Are Multinationality and Diversification Complementary or Substitute Strategies? An Empirical Analysis on European Leading Firms" (with L Rondi and A Sembenelli), International Journal of Industrial Organisation, vol 19, 1315-46, (2001).
Chapters in books
“The impact of a single currency in Europe on product markets: theory and evidence”, (with M Gasiorek, R Davidson, B Lyons, D Ulph, R Vaughan, A Winters) chapter 2 in European Integration and the Functioning of Product Markets, edited by A Dierx, F Ilzkovitz, K Sekkat, Edward Elgar, (2004).
Published reports for competition authorities and government bodies
Department of Constitutional Affairs
The economic implications of partnership restrictions in the legal services sector, and their possible removal, (2005), 27 pages.
Assessing the consequences for competition of EC merger remedies (with B.Lyons), Report for DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, 338 pages (2005).
Department of Trade and Industry
The Benefits from Competition: some Illustrative UK Cases, (assisted by H Coles, M Olczak, C Pike and C Wilson), Department of Trade and Industry Economics Paper No. 9, 88pp, (2004).
Merger Reports by the Competition Commission: Comments by Academic Economists”, 38 pp., Competition Commission, (2003).
Office of Fair Trading
The development of targets for consumer savings arising from competition policy, (with A Majumdar), June 2002, Office of Fair Trading Economic Discussion Paper 4, 166pp.
Tacit Collusion, Firm Asymmetries and Numbers: Evidence from EC Merger Cases” (with Olczak M, and Coles H) , CCP Working Paper 07-7: April 2007
Competitive non-linear pricing: retail electricity in the UK (with C Waddams) CCP Working Paper 07-?: forthcoming summer 2007
Recent graduands (2006)
H. Coles, “Essays in Competition Policy”
C. Wilson “Some Essays on the Links between Consumers and Market Power”
C. Ball, “Competition in Intermediated Markets Investigating the Effects of Commission Rates”
O. De, “Identifying Structural Characteristics of Collusive Agreements”
A. Majumdar, “Models of Buyer Power, Fidelity Rebates and Exclusion in Intermediated Markets with a focus on Competition Policy”
M. Olczak, “Three essays in Industrial Organisation”
C. Pitassi, “A Case Study of Market Turbulence and its Implications for Market Structure”
E. Hooper, “Vertical Foreclosure in Network Industries; Competition in the EU Power Sector“ (support supervisor)
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