Maarten Pieter Schinkel

Maarten Pieter Schinkel is Professor of Economics at the University of Amsterdam and a research fellow of the Tinbergen Institute. His research interests are in industrial organization and competition policy. Apart from green antitrust, he studies cartel mechanisms, agency behavior and banking competition. His research regularly attracts media attention. He occasionally acts as an expert witness in antitrust cases and is a student-award-winning teacher.

Green Antitrust: Why Would Restricting Competition Induce Sustainability Efforts?

While “green” antitrust is gaining momentum, its key premise—that restricting competition would incentivize companies to jointly take more sustainability initiatives—finds little or...

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Harold Demsetz and Israel Kirzner Understood That Competition Regulates Markets

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The Covid-19 Pandemic Should Not Delay Actions to Prevent Anticompetitive Consolidation in US Health Care Markets

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Who Benefits From Competitive State-Level Legislatures?

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No More “Mystery Meat”: Why We Need Better Corporate Governance Data

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How Protests Against the Jim Crow Credit Market Changed the Civil Rights Movement

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George Stigler and the Challenge of Democracy

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