Presentation at the 2013 CRESSE conference

The paper entitled “Does one more or one less mobile operator affect prices? A comprehensive ex-post evaluation of entries and mergers in European mobile telecommunication markets” written by Gergely Csorba and Zoltán Pápai will be presented at the Competition and Regulation European Summer School and Conference (CRESSE) in July 2013.

The paper can be downloaded from here.

Presentation can be downloaded from here.

 

Abstract
This paper estimates the impact of entries and mergers on the price of mobile voice services in a panel database of 27 European Member States between 2003 and 2010. Our difference-in-differences econometric methodology exploits the variance in different structural changes between countries to separate the respective effects. Our results show that the effect of entry crucially depends on the number of active operators and the type of entrant, and not controlling for these differences might lead to misleading conclusions. We find no robust evidence that entry has a price-decreasing effect on markets with originally 2 operators. However, the entry of a 4th operator does have a significant price-decreasing effect, but with different dynamics concerning the entrant’s type. When we separate entry effects for the subsequent years, we show that the significant price-decreasing effects for local operators entering occur only in the first year after entry, while the significant price-decreasing effects for multinational entries are present in the long-run. Last, we find no price-increasing effects of mergers, independently whether they reduced the number of operators to 4 or 3.

Presentation at the 19th European Regional ITS Conference

László Lőrincz (our former colleague) performed his presentation at the 19th European Regional ITS conference in Rome. The title of the presentation was Switching Costs in Telecommunications: Conclusions from a Hungarian Survey. Download here.
 
Background working paper is published by László Lőrincz and Péter Nagy. The title of the working paper: Switching Costs in Telecommunications: Conclusions from a Hungarian Survey. Download here.
 

Presentation in First Forum of Monitoring of South East Europe

Péter Nagy performed his presentation in a conference which connected to the “First Forum of Monitoring of South East Europe – Telecommunications Services Sector and Related aspects” project funded by the European Commission. The conference was taking place in Brussels between the 18-19th of July in 2005.
 
The title of the presentation was: Tariff Rebalancing – the Hungarian Experiences. Download here