Game Theory and Competition Policy

A special issue of Games (ISSN 2073-4336). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Game Theory".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2024 | Viewed by 104

Special Issue Editor

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Guest Editor
School of Economics, The University of Queensland, St. Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia
Interests: industrial organization; competition policy; law and economics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last two decades, there has been a steady rise in the use of game-theoretic concepts and models for the analysis of competition policy both in academia and with policymakers. Game theory allows for the analysis of strategic interactions between (i) market participants, (ii) market participants and authorities, and (iii) between authorities in different jurisdictions. As game theory is more widely adopted, its applications have an increasing impact on policy and market outcomes.

This Special Issue intends to gather original, high-quality papers, including surveys pertaining to applications of game theory to the four main areas of competition policy: merger analysis, monopolization cases, cartels and state aid. We invite submissions using theoretical, empirical and/or experimental analysis. This includes work on important current policy issues such as the regulation of platforms in two-sided markets, data privacy and competition, and the fight against hard-core cartels. We also explicitly encourage submissions of experimental and behavioral work on the strategic interaction between competition authorities and market participants.

Dr. Heiko Gerlach
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Games is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • competition policy
  • games
  • merger analysis
  • monopolization
  • cartels
  • regulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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