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See version in english Estimating private antitrust damages

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Estimating private antitrust damages

A la lumière des initiatives récentes menées par la Commission européenne pour favoriser le développement des actions privées en dommages et intérêts pour infraction au droit de la concurrence, cet article introduit le cadre économique général pour l’estimation des dommages, expose les méthodes empiriques communément utilisées par les experts économiques et met en évidence une série de questions pratiques pour l’estimation de dommages suite à des violations du droit de la concurrence.

1. The European Commission's 2008 White Paper on private damages actions acknowledged that “although there have recently been some signs of improvement in certain Member States, to date in practice victims of EC antitrust infringements only rarely obtain reparation of the harm suffered”. [1] To address the main obstacles to effective compensation, the White Paper considered a series of concrete proposals, including the possibility of providing non-binding guidance to the courts for the quantification of damages in antitrust cases. [2] In order to prepare for the drafting of a paper that would set out this pragmatic guidance, DG Competition commissioned an economic study on damages estimation, [3] and held a workshop in which a number of economic consultants and academics shared their

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Raphael de Coninck, Estimating private antitrust damages, February 2010, Concurrences Review N° 1-2010, Art. N° 30357, pp. 39-43

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