Research Seminar

Next Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014, Nadine Riedel (Ruhr University Bochum) will give a talk on Large and Influential: Firm Size and Governments' Corporate Tax Rate Choice .

The seminar takes place in room S 3/ S 4 of the Oeconomicum (building 24.31) from 4:15 to 5:45 pm.

There is no paper this time, but an abstract is appended below.



Theory suggests that large firms are more likely to engage in lobbying activities and have better bargaining positions against their host governments than smaller entities. Conditional on jurisdiction size, public policy choices are thus predicted to depend on the shape of the jurisdiction's firm size distribution, with more business-friendly policies being implemented if economic activity is concentrated in a small number of entities. We assess this prediction using the German local business tax as a testing ground. Conditional on jurisdiction size, we find that higher concentration of economic activity is associated with lower local business tax rates. The effect is quantitatively moderate though, suggesting that the rising economic importance of large businesses is unlikely to trigger significant shifts in the design of statutory tax...


(only available in German) 3. Düsseldorfer Forum Ordnungspolitik

(only available in German) Gemeinsam mit dem Düsseldorfer Institut für Wettbewerbsökonomie (DICE) der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf lädt die Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Düsseldorf Sie herzlich ein zum

3. Düsseldorfer Forum Ordnungspolitik am Mittwoch, 19. November 2014, 14 Uhr, Oeconomicum der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Gebäude 24.31, Foyer, Universitätsstraße 1, 40225 Düsseldorf.


Wir würden uns freuen, Sie am 19. November 2014 begrüßen zu können.

Prize Award Ceremony

Prize of Goethe Bookstore and Rolf-Schwarz-Schütte Award Ceremony

On the 28th of October 2014, the prize of Goethe Bookstore for the best dissertation of 2013 within the entire faculty of business and economics went to Beatrice Pagel ("Three Essays on Unionized Oligopolies"). The Rolf-Schwarz-Schütte Award for the best publication achievement of any junior DICE researcher of 2013 jointly went to Irina Baye ("Targeted pricing and customer data sharing among rivals") and Torben Stühmeier ("Access regulation with asymmetric termination costs").

Congratulations to all of them!

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New Membership


The DICE is now an official member of The Centre on Regulation in Europe (CERRE). The independent institution works on the regulation of European industries, mainly network industries such as electricity or railway. The think tank is based in Brussels and allows the DICE to foster its network with leading universities, policy makers, and enterprises.

The CERRE has three core topics: international standardization of regulation, market delineation, and research on regulatory instruments. The research results and policy advises base on latest research techniques and include knowledge from economics, law, and social science. Furthermore, the institute cooperates intensively with the European Commission and offers trainings and workshops.

Research DICE


Research at DICE encloses theoretical, empirical and experimental work on competition problems. Preliminary results are published in two workings paper series.

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