At an ICN workshop on mergers, David Spector discusses the integration of economic evidence in the review process

The theme of the merger workshop held by the International Competition Network in Bogota from 7 to 9 November 2012 was "The Role of Economic Evidence in Merger Analysis: Taking Stock of the Past and Shaping the Future".

It was the first of its kind to be devoted to economic analysis exclusively, illustrating the growing role of economics in merger control.

David Spector, who participated as a non-government advisor to the French Competition Authority, gave a talk in the plenary session entitled “Economic Evidence & Merger Review – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. He explained how the use of economics, far from adding a layer of complexity, may provide shortcuts that ultimately simplify merger control.

The workshop programme is available at