ICN Chief Economist Workshop 2020


   21-22 April 2020 Bergen, Norway

Dear colleagues,

We regret to inform you that the 3rd ICN Chief/Senior Economist Workshop is cancelled due to the recent developments of COVID-19 outbreak in Norway. We were informed that this week the Norwegian Health Authorities have tightened their travel restrictions as well as the policies for organizing events in Norway.

We are working in collaboration with the BECCLE Conference organizers to set a new date for the workshop, and are currently considering Fall 2020 as a possibility. We will keep you posted on any further developments.

Best regards,
Workshop Organizing Committee

The Norwegian Competition Authority is pleased to be hosting the 2020 International Competition Network (ICN) Chief Economist Workshop on 21-22 April 2020 in Bergen, Norway.

The workshop gathers chief economists and senior economists from competition agencies worldwide and leading academics to discuss ongoing issues in competition economics and policy.

The 2020 ICN workshop will be held on Tuesday 21 April and Wednesday 22 April at the Norges Handelshøyskole, Helleveien 30, 5045, Bergen. Google Maps – NHH Bergen >>

Workshop participants are also invited to a Welcome Reception at Haakonshallen on Tuesday 21 April at 18:00.

We are also pleased to announce that the annual BECCLE conference in competition law and economics will take place the following days on April 23-24 at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Participants at the ICN workshop are most welcomed to take part. Information about the conference can be found here >>

Final agenda will come here.

Tentative program:


April 21 Morning: sessions open to competition agencies only

Market studies with Amelia Fletcher
This session will focus on market studies and their outcomes and could include discussions of interventions designed to help consumer decision-making and overall remedy effectiveness.

Competition policy in tech markets with Kai-Uwe Kühn
This session will discuss common features of tech markets and innovation processes to understand how these could impact analyses of competition and innovation incentives, remedy effectiveness, and broader antitrust policies.


April 21 Afternoon: sessions open to competition agencies only

Using econometrics in investigations (and litigation) with Aviv Nevo
This session will discuss the various practical challenges related to using econometrics in actual investigations, including collecting data, conducting the analysis and training staff. We are looking for agencies to share their experiences, both successful and less so.

Retail cartels with Frode Steen and Joe Harrington
The session will discuss retail cartels, including those in the gasoline market, and look at both evidence and theory on how retail cartels work.


April 22 Morning: sessions open to competition agencies and NGAs

Abuses in digital markets with Thibaud Vergé
This session will focus on abuse of dominance in digital markets, including vertical restraints used by online platforms.

Coordinated effects with Rob Porter
This session will review the role of coordinated effects in merger reviews and look at the theory as well as recent empirical studies.


April 22 Afternoon: sessions open to competition agencies and NGAs

Vertical mergers with Margaret Slade
This session will focus on vertical mergers, including those in the telecommunications and media sectors, and include discussions of market definition, double marginalization, foreclosure, and the balance of benefits and competitive harms.

Exploitative abuses with Massimo Motta
This session will discuss business practices, such as excessive prices and unfair trading conditions that might be considered “exploitative abuse of dominance” in several jurisdictions.

Amelia Fletcher, (Bio)
Professor, University of East Anglia

Joe Harrington, (Bio)
Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Kai-Uwe Kühn, (Bio)
Professor, University of East Anglia

Massimo Motta, (Bio)
Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Aviv Nevo, (Bio)
Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Rob Porter, (Bio)
Professor, Northwestern University

Margaret Slade, (Bio)
Professor, University of British Columbia

Frode Steen, (Bio)
Professor, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)

Thibaud Verge, (Bio)
Professor, ENSAE ParisTech

Direct by plane
Several airlines fly to Bergen Airport Flesland (BGO) from international or national airports.

Getting to the city centre
The airport is approximately 20 km South-West of the city. There are three main public transport options from the airport to the city centre:

The Bergen Light Rail – the slowest, but cheapest
The Airport Bus – faster, but more expensive
Taxi – the fastest, but most expensive
The Norwegian Airport Authority, Avinor, has a webpage with details about these options. You can find information about car rental on the same web page.

Buses to NHH from the city centre
NHH is situated in Helleveien 30, a less than 10-minute bus ride north from the city centre.

You can get different kinds of bus tickets from ticket machines at the stop, from bus company service centres, from some kiosks and shops or by downloading the Skyss ticket app.

You can also buy a single ticket from the bus driver, but please note that this will require Norwegian currency in cash, and that it is much more expensive than other options due to a price supplement for paying cash on board.

Go to the skyss.no ticket page >>

The following northbound buses run through the city centre and pass NHH frequently (as of January 2020):

3 Støbotn
4 Flaktveit
5 Åsane terminal
6 Lønborglien
83 Øyjorden

There are several bus stops in the city centre where you can get on the mentioned lines. There are digital signs at the stops that tell you when the next bus is due to arrive.

Once you have embarked, signs on board will announce the name of upcoming stops. Get off the bus at “Handelshøyskolen” and you only have a short walk left before you arrive at NHH.

You can return to the city centre from a southbound stop even closer to NHH. The buses will have the same number, but different destinations. Please note that buses marked “E“ for express, may not go through the city centre, but through a tunnel to the central bus station in the southern part of the city centre.

By taxi
Taxis are available at the airport and at taxi stops in the city centre or by order via phone. There is no Uber.

Visiting address:
Norges Handelshøyskole
Helleveien 30
5045 Bergen.

Scandic Byparken Hotel >>
Price per night in standard room is NOK 1.340. Booking code is 47379499. (Either call or email the hotel to enter the booking code).

Radisson Blu Royal Hotel Bergen >>
Price per night in single room including breakfast is NOK 1.140,​​-
Price per night in double room including breakfast is NOK 1.340, –
Ordering is done by mail or phone: britt.erster.bergesen@radissonblu.com 55 54 30 41

Thon Hotel Orion >> 
Price per night in single room including breakfast is NOK 1.125,-
The reference number must be stated when direct ordering. Ref 29086493. Must be ordered by April 7th.

Registration and cost


Who can register for the Workshop?
Official representatives of ICN member authorities are invited to register for the Workshop.

A limited number of spots for Non-Governmental Advisors (NGAs) including competition professionals and academics, are available for sessions on Wednesday April 22. We ask that NGAs obtain their nomination from the member authority prior to registering.

How do I register for the Workshop?
Representatives of ICN member authorities can register by completing the registration form.

Non-Governmental Advisors (NGAs) can register at the same address after obtaining their nomination from an ICN member authority.

Do I need to pay to register and participate in the Workshop?
There is no cost to participate in the Workshop. Lunch and refreshments during the Workshop and the Workshop Welcome reception are also complimentary.

Delegates are responsible for booking and paying for their own travel and accommodation, and other related expenses (e.g. visa costs, travel insurance, transport).


Venue and language

What is the venue for the Workshop?
The Workshop is being held at Norges handelshøyskole, Helleveien 30, 5045 Bergen (Google Maps – NHH Bergen >>; MazeMap – NHH Bergen >>).

What is the language of the Workshop?
The Workshop will be conducted in English and there will be no interpretation services provided. Workshop documents will be issued in English.


International travel

Will I need a visa to enter Norway?
Delegates are responsible for ensuring they meet any entry requirements to visit Norway.

Information on who does not need a visa to visit Norway (visa-free) can be found here.


Where can I apply for a Visa?
You can apply for a Visa at the following address: https://www.udi.no/en/


What to do in Bergen? 



What weather can I expect?

Weather forecast >>

Contact information:

Toril Fotland
Norwegian Competition Authority
Phone: +47 55 59 75 66
E-mail: tofo@kt.no