Competition economics

We offer independent research, clear analyses, and practicable advice in the field of competition policy, state support, and tenders.

Our researchers combine a scientific approach with targeted and practical analyses and solutions. Their work is regularly published in scientific and professional journals in the field of competition, tenders and state support, and they provide lectures, educational programs, and trainings.

Competition

Fair competition is important for a healthy and innovative economy. Violation of competition regulation may lead to serious economic damages. Via economic research we identify and quantify these potential damages. Furthermore, we examine the size of the relevant market and conduct analyses on the functioning of these markets. Our clients in competition cases are companies and lawyers. They can either represent defendants or victims. In our research, we make a difference by using advanced econometric techniques and the most recent insights from scientific economic literature. In addition to research, we help our clients with advice in competition cases.

We are also commissioned by governments to evaluate competition policy and help foreign governments with the implementation of competition policy. We have created the competition policy for Curaçao, Aruba and St. Maarten.

Tenders
If you wish to issue a tender contract, a sound design is crucial as this can prevent various problems. We can help you draw up a good tender. Our expertise also includes the evaluation of financial-economic information in bids. For example, we can investigate whether the mentioned costs and interest rates are in line with the prevailing market. Have you lost a tender, do you believe that a tender has been wrongfully withheld, or do you think mistakes were made during the tendering process? For matters such as these, you can also enlist our expertise.

State Support, Market & Government

Does your subsidy scheme comply with European regulations for state support? Does it involve an economic activity? Or a public interest? Does a measure lead to interruption of competition? Does it affect trade traffic? For our clients, we examine the compliance with European regulations for state support. We judge whether a measure is in line with the prevailing market and advise our clients on how they can comply with state support regulations.

Functioning of markets
Are you faced with or deciding on insourcing and would you like to know whether that is the best way to organize a specific market? Or do you want research on the functioning of your market? We analyse the functioning of market and bring to light what aspects may deter the optimal competition in the market. This type of research is mainly performed for trade associations and government institutions.

Would you like to know what we could do for your organisation?

Please feel free to contact Erik Brouwer.

Erik Brouwer
Head of Competition & Innovation

E.brouwer@seo.nl / +31 (0)20 525 1695 / 0651317003  

Erik  is Head of SEO's Competition & Innovation practice. He has extensive experience in research and consultancy services in the fields of policy evaluation. Furthermore he has extensive experience in the fields of competition economics, such as, amongst others, the  effects of two-sided markets, defining the relevant market, and determining the economic damages of cartels. Read further >

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