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October 19, 2018
Sharing Economy and public transport in Switzerland more...

September 14, 2018
Samuel Rutz's article «Screening for "Bid Rigging – Does it Work"»? was recently published in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics. more...

September 10, 2018
Dr. Christian Jaag and Dr. Samuel Rutz have recently been featured in Who's Who Legal 2018. more...

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October 19, 2018
Sharing Economy and public transport in Switzerland
Swiss Economics has investigated the impact of the sharing economy on public transport together with the University of Lucerne. Based on our discrete choice experiments we conclude that regulations are critical for the expected modal split.
To the report (in German)


September 14, 2018
Publication on a screening method to detect bid rigging
Screening for «Bid Rigging – Does it Work»? The paper written by Samuel Rutz (with David Imhof and Yavuz Karagök) was recently published in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics (Volume 14, Issue 2, 1 June 2018, Pages 235–261). It discusses a screening method to detect bid rigging cartels. Based on the findings of the authors, the Swiss Competition Commission (COMCO) opened an investigation and sanctioned several firms for bid rigging.
To the published article
To the working paper


September 10, 2018
Dr. Christian Jaag and Dr. Samuel Rutz have recently been featured in Who's Who Legal 2018
Dr. Christian Jaag and Dr. Samuel Rutz have recently been featured in Who's Who Legal 2018.

Christian is listed in Who's Who Legal: Competition as a leading economist. WWL says: «Christian Jaag is a superb competition economist who is regularly called on to advise both public and private-sector clients on strategy, regulation and policy.» In addition, he is listed in Who's Who Legal: Switzerland. WWL says: «Christian Jaag is widely recognised as "a leading competition Economist" and impresses peers with his "highly creative, precise and hands-on Approach", as well as his "impressive theoretical and practical skills".» Lastly, Christian is listed in Who's Who: Consulting Experts.
To Christian's biography on WWL

Samuel is listed as a future leader in Who's Who Legal: Competition and Who's Who Legal: Consulting Experts.


September 01, 2018
Publication on preditory pricing
Michael Funk and Christian Jaag's article «The more economic approach to predatory pricing» was recently published in the Journal of Competition Law & Economics (Volume 14, Issue 2, 1 June 2018, Pages 292–310).
To the published article
To the working paper


June 07, 2018
New partnership with French audit and consulting firm OCA
Swiss Economics is delighted to announce the recently established partnership with French audit and consulting firm OCA. This new collaboration strengthens our capacity to offer multi-jurisdictional and multilingual dispute resolution services.

OCA has successfully assisted its clients during commercial and financial arbitration and litigation across various countries. The firm 's technical capabilities in the area of Corporate Finance and Valuation perfectly complement Swiss Economics' skills in Competition Economics and Industrial Organisation. In collaboration with OCA, we are able to offer our clients both, top down empirical and conceptual economic evidence as well as detailed bottom-up asset valuation, leading to even more robust results.

In addition, the partnership will allow us to ramp up large-scale case teams proficient in German, French, and English and able to provide our clients with rigorous analysis under tight time constraints.

For more information, please contact Swiss Economics Managing Partner Christian Jaag or OCA Chairman Mikaël Ouaniche.


October 10, 2017
Welcome to Swiss Economics
We welcome our new team members:
Tobias Binz is a Senior Consultant focusing on competition economics
Melanie Häner is a Consultant working on economic policy and competition projects


September 27, 2017
Postal regulation - Past & Future
At PostExpo 2017 Christian Jaag gave a speech on "Postal regulation - Past & Future".
To the document


September 26, 2017
Postcoin - The future of postal payments?
At PostExpo 2017 Christian Jaag gave a speech on "Postcoin - The future of postal payments?".
To the document


May 15, 2017
Introducing Competition in the Passenger Railway Sector
Christian Jaag gave a presentation on "Introducing Competition in the Passenger Railway Sector - Open Access and Competitive PSO Tendering" at a seminar of the Florence School of Regulation.
To the document


September 9, 2016
Study on unbundling Swiss gas network operators
Swiss Economics has analyzed the unbundling need of Swiss gas network operators in a study that has been published by the Swiss Federal Office of Energy today.
Link zur Studie


May 23, 2016
Study on the possibilities of Blockchain technology for the U.S. Postal Service
Swiss Economics has supported the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service in a study that explores the possibilities of Blockchain technology for the USPS and other postal operators.
Link


May 20, 2016
Presentation on the interdependencies between various types of mail items
At the 24th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics Christian Jaag gave a presentation on "The interdependencies between various types of mail items". The presented study finds that there are strong interdependencies between various types of mail. There is an opportunity for postal operators to actively manage their mailstream in order to maintain or increase the attractiveness of their communication channel.
To the document


March 31, 2016
Presentation on "The mailstream as a platform"
Christian Jaag presented the paper "The mailstream as a platform" at the Ninth bi-annual Postal Economics Conference on E-commerce, Digital Economy and Delivery Services.
To the document


January 28, 2016
Presentation on "The more economic approach to predatory pricing"
Christian Jaag presented a paper on "The more economic approach to predatory pricing" at the Mannheim Competition Policy Forum.
To the document


December 5, 2015
Presentation on platforms and anti-competitive clauses
Christian Jaag gave a presentation on "Platforms and anti-competitive clauses" at the ENTraNCE for Executives Workshop on Antitrust Enforcement in Traditional v Online Platforms.
To the document


December 1, 2015
Two new Counsels
We extend a warm welcome to our two new Counsels Samuel Rutz und Olivier Buchs!
The focus of Samuel Rutz will be in competition economics; Olivier Buchs will be active in our telekommunications team.
CV Samuel Rutz
CV Olivier Buchs


November 5, 2015
Study on the impact of the EU electricity market opening and implications for Switzerland
Swiss Economics has analyzed on behalf of the association of Swiss electricity distribution system operators (DSV) the effects of the EU electricity market opening and its implications for Switzerland. We opt for a sequential approach of first deciding the corner stones of the Swiss energy strategy before opening the market further.
To the report


October 1, 2015
New offices in Zurich
We have expanded our office in Zurich to Weinbergstrasse 102, situated at the tram station Ottikerstrasse just a few stations from Zurich main station.

The new address:
Swiss Economics
Weinbergstrasse 102
CH-8006 Zurich
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June 15, 2015
Postal strategies in a digital age
Christian Jaag has presented a paper on Postal strategies in a digital age at the 4th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures of the Florence School of Regulation.
To the document


June 3, 2015
Presentations at the 23rd CPDE in Athens
Swiss Economics contributed three presentations and papers to the 23rd Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics: All papers are avaliable in our Working Paper Series.


March 16, 2015
Future energy markets and the role of network operators
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy (SFOE) published a report of Ecofys and Swiss Economics on future energy markets and the role of power network operators here.
To the final report


March 2, 2015
Study on the benefit of auditing
In collaboration with the University of Zürich, Swiss Economics has written a study on the benefits of auditing. The study concludes that auditing improves firm specific information, thus potentially reducing information deficits of numerous stakeholders. The benefit thanks to the reduction of information deficits are particularly large for publicly owned firms and firms with many stakeholders.
To the final report


February 9, 2015
Publication on the deregulation of the electricity market
In a recent article on the experiences with the electricity market in the EU we conclude that the member states have not yet worked out a silver bullet in the organization of the regulatory conditions.
To the article


February 1, 2015
New publications
Two scientific papers by Swiss Economics team members were published in the book "Postal and Delivery Innovation in the Digital Economy". The publications discuss the consequences of an adjustment of Saturday delivery in the United States and of the new postal law in Switzerland.
To the book


January 5, 2015
New staff member
Michael Funk is a Project Manager at Swiss Economics with focus on competition policy and regulatory economics. After studying history and economics, he received a doctoral degree from the University of Freiburg with specialization in political economics and public finance. He worked for several years as an economist for the Swiss Competition Commission with special emphasis on infrastructure- and network markets.


September 18, 2014
Regulatory framework for the Swiss postal sector
At the International Postal and e-Communications Conference Christian Jaag gave a presentation on the Swiss regulatory framework for the postal sector in light of current challenges.
To the document


September 1, 2014
New staff member
Martin Lutzenberger is our new Director Office Berlin. Focusing on competition economics, economic policy, transportation and energy, Martin will develop our activities in Germany.
After his studies in economics at the University of Freiburg i.Br. he received a doctoral degree at the University of Zurich. From 2010 to 2014, he was project manager and lecturer at the University of Lucerne. Besides, he was lecturer at the University of Zurich and external expert at Swiss Economics.


July 2, 2014
Cost allocation and welfare
Swiss Economics has presented recent research papers at the 22th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics: The works are available in our Working Paper Series.


June 2, 2014
Swiss Economics accepts Bitcoin
Starting from now, we accept Bitcoin as payment for our consulting services. We also offer our employess the option to receive their salary (or a part of it) in Bitcoin.


Mai 5, 2015
Publication on integrated timetables
A contribution of Swiss Economics team members has been published in the journal for Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.
To the working paper


April 9, 2014
Model simulation for the United States Postal Regulatory Commission
The U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) published today a report of Swiss Economics on the Impact of discontinuance of Saturday delivery for letters and flats on the U.S. Postal Service.
To the report


April 3, 2014
Virtual currencies and e-commerce
Christian Jaag presented the reserach paper Präsentation des Forschungsaufsatzes "The Effect of Payment Reversibility on E-commerce and Postal Quality" at the eight bi-annual postal economics conference of the Toulouse School of Economics. The Irreversibility of payments in virtual currencies shifts the risk of e-commerce from merchants to consumers. Under certain conditions, this strengthens online retailers in competition with brick-and-mortar stores as well as incentives for postal quality.


March 3, 2014
Efficiency benchmarking of distribution systems operators for BNetzA
BNetzA published today the report of Swiss Economics on benchmarking the German energy distribution system operators.
To the report


February 17, 2014
New publications
Two new publications of Swiss Economics team members have been published in the book "The Role of the Postal and Delivery Sector in a Digital Age".
To the book
To the working paper "USO Burden"
To the working paper "USO Delivery"


January 29, 2014
Virtual Currencies: What Role for Postal Operators?
Christian Jaag moderated a webinar on “Virtual currencies: Exploring a Potential Role for Postal Operators” organized by the Office of Inspector General of the United States Postal Service. He named the most important characteristics of Bitcoin and explored potential roles of postal operators in virtual currencies.
To the document


November 18, 2013
Virtual currencies and posts: A perfect match!
Virtual currencies like Bitcoin are progressively gaining in popularity. However, limited availability still preempts their broad usage. Postal operators with their spatially comprehensive physical presence could play a key role in providing easy, quick and nation-wide access to these alternative currencies. The postal network thus constitutes a natural bridge between the virtual and the physical worlds.
To the document


November 1, 2013
New staff member
Christian Bach is a Project Manager with Swiss Economics and lectures at the EpiCenter, Maastricht University. He is an expert in game theory and works in network industries, regulation and on virtual currencies. After his studies of economics and philosophy he received a Ph.D. in game theory from HEC Lausanne and Maastricht University. Christian Bach was a postdoctoral fellow at Maastricht University, and a visiting scholar at NYU Stern School of Business.


September 30, 2013
New publication
This article explores the complementary roles of price regulation and universal service regulation in network industries The analysis shows that current practices of costing and financing universal services may result in unintended market distortions. The article quantifies these effects and demonstrates how such distortions can be avoided.
Link


May 10, 2013
Regulation of e-commerce
E-commerce is an important growth area for postal operators. In its update Swiss Economics analyzes and discusses the risks and opportunities associated with maintaining or even extending regulation of e-commerce.
To the document


March 1, 2013
Three new publications
How to better measure consumer preferences in the postal market?
How to set international parcel termination charges?
What are the social cost of regulation in the postal sector?

In the recently published book "Reforming the Postal Sector in the Face of Electronic Competition" of Prof. M. Crew and Prof. P. Kleindorfer, three papers of members of Swiss Economics have been included which adress these questions.
To the book

To the Working Paper "Consumer Preferences"
To the Working Paper "Termination Charges"
To the Working Paper "Social Cost of Regulation"


February 15, 2013
Regulation of e-commerce
Christian Jaag has given a presentation on the regulation of e-commerce at the 2nd European Postal Regulation Forum.
To the document


December 7, 2012
Smart grids, smart regulation
Urs Trinkner was asked by the 3rd IEEE Smart Grid World Forum to adress the regulation of smart grids in an introduction and a panel discussion.
To the document


November 30, 2012
IRIT for railway passenger transport services
At the 5th Annual Competition and Regulation in Network Industries Conference in Brussels, Sonia Strube Martins presented a paper on Integrated timtetables for railway passenger transport services.
To the document


September 13, 2012
Universal Service Obligations and Patents
At the 3rd Annual Trends in Innovation in the Postal Market Conference, Christian Jaag presented a new research paper on the interplay of universal service obligations and patents in netowrk industries.
To the document


June 3, 2012
Presentations at the 20th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics
Swiss Economics contributed the following new research papers to the 20th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics:

Defining and Financing an Intermodal USO

Competition and the Social Cost of Regulation in the Postal Sector

Termination Charges in the International Parcel Market

Measuring Consumer Preferences for Postal Services

All publications are available here.


April 2, 2012
New staff member
Swiss Economics welcomes Dr. Sonia Strube Martins as a new staff member!

After her studies in economics at the University of Münster Sonia Strube Martins received a doctoral degree in economics and worked as Senior Economist at Wissenschaftliches Institut für Infrastruktur- und Kommunikationsdienste in Bad Honnef. At Swiss Economics she works as a project manager with a focus on competitive analysis of markets, regulation in network industries and economic policy.


February 20, 2012
Convergence in the communications market and regulatory challenges
Convergence of physical letter mail and electronic substitutes challenges postal operators and the regulatory framework alike. In its update Swiss Economics analyzes and discusses the economic context.
To the document


February 16, 2012
Publication on defensive strategies
How should incumbent operators react to new market entries? Our most recent publication develops optimal strategies for defense based on a game-theoretic application of the defender model in the postal market.

Christian Jaag, Dietl Helmut, Urs Trinkner, Oliver Fürst (2012). "Defending Mail Markets Against New Entrants: An Application of the Defender Model". In Multi-Modal Competition And The Future Of Mail. Edited by M. Crew and P.R. Kleindorfer, Edward Elgar, pp. 236-246.
To the book
To the Working Paper


September 30, 2011
Presentation on Competition and Regulation in the Postal Sector
At the Post-Expo 2011 World Postal Business Forum Christian Jaag gave a presentation on "The role of the universal service obligation in postal competition".
To the document


September 15, 2011
Publication on the Financing of Universal Service Obligations
The paper "What is an Unfair Burden? Compensating the Net Cost of Universal Service Provision" by Christian Jaag appeared in the Review of Network Economics. It discusses the net cost of universal service obligations and the potential burden they represent on the universal service provider. Specifically, it analyzes the situation in the postal sector after full liberalization.

The paper considers various interpretations of what an unfair burden might be and discusses the competitive impact of corresponding compensation scenarios by means of a stylized theoretical model with endogenous entry and coverage decisions.
To the paper


June 6, 2011
Presentations at the 19th CPDE in Jersey
Swiss Economics contributed two presentations and papers to the 19th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics:

"Defending Mail Markets against New Entrants"
To the slides

"Future of USO - Economic rationale for universal services and implications for a future-oriented definition of universal service obligations"
To the slides


March 8, 2011
Career Start in Economic Consulting
Swiss Economics is looking for a passionate and exceptional economist with the capability to apply the most recent microeconomical concepts and to find pragmatic and robust solutions to complex problems. You are aiming at earning a doctorate to deepen your knowledge in industrial and regulatory economics and looking for an exciting career start opportunity in economic consultancy.

We are looking forward to receiving your CV and covering letter.


February 14, 2011
Impact of VAT-Exemptions in the Postal Sector on Competition and Welfare
The research article "Impact of VAT-Exemptions in the Postal Sector on Competition and Welfare" by Swiss Economics and researchers from the University of Zurich shows how service providers exempted from the obligation to pay a value added tax are favored in competition. Further, this unequal treatment substantially affects outsourcing decisions and the labor market.

Dietl Helmut, Christian Jaag, Markus Lang, Martin Lutzenberger and Urs Trinkner (2011). "Impact of VAT-Exemptions in the Postal Sector on Competition and Welfare". In Reinventing the Postal Sector in an Electronic Age. Edited by M. Crew and P.R. Kleindorfer, Edward Elgar, pp. 267-280.

Published in the same book: Maegli, Martin, Christian Jaag, Martin Koller and Urs Trinkner (2011). "Postal Markets and Electronic Substitution: Implications for Regulatory Practices and Institutions in Europe". In Reinventing the Postal Sector in an Electronic Age. Edited by M. Crew and P.R. Kleindorfer, Edward Elgar, pp. 109-122.


January 21, 2011
New research published
The research article "The interaction between universal service costing and financing in the postal sector: a calibrated approach" by Christian Jaag and Urs Trinkner has been published by the Journal of Regulatory Economics.
To the document


November 30, 2010
Presentation at the DG MARKT economic seminar
Christian Jaag gave a presentation on "Yet another case of unintended consequences: VAT exemption and the public interest" at the DG MARKT economic seminar.
The presentation illustrates the distortive effects of VAT exemptions on competition in a newly liberalized industry and how they can be included in the calculation of the net cost of universal service obligations.
To the document


November 22, 2010
Presentation on
Swiss Economics presented the paper "An Economic Framework to Understand and Assess Regulations in Network Industries" at the 2010 Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.

In addition to a theoretical framework, he also presented two applications: Liberalization in network industries and the development of regulation in the postal sector.
To the document


October 4, 2010
New staff member
Swiss Economics welcomes Oliver Fürst as a new staff member!

Oliver Fürst holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Zürich. At Swiss Economics he works as a consultant for strategy and regulation in network industries.


September 16, 2010
Presentations at the Conference on Trends and Innovation for the Postal Market
Swiss Economics contributed three new research papers to the Conference on Trends and Innovation for the Postal Market:

Post Office Network Realignments and their Impact on Innovation
To the presentation

Postal Regulation, Declining Mail Volumes, and Transformation of Business Models?
To the presentation

Postal markets and electronic substitution: What is the impact of intermodal competition on regulatory practices and institutions? The paper has received the "best paper award".
To the document
To the document


June 4, 2010
Presentations at the 18th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics
Swiss Economics contributed three presentations to the 18th Conference on Postal and Delivery Economics:

Impact of VAT-Exemptions in the Postal Sector on Competition and Welfare

Postal Markets and Electronic Substitution: What is the Impact of Convergence on Regulatory Practices and Institutions?

Practical Approaches to USO Costing and Financing


November 20, 2009
Presentation on International FTTH-Policies
At the "Second Annual Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries" Christian Jaag has given a presentation on "Approaches to FTTH-Regulation: An International Comparison".
To the document


October 15, 2009
Presentation on the Future of Universal Services in the Postal Sector
At the "IPC Senior Executive Forum on Regulation" Urs Trinkner has given a presentation on "Shaping the USO? An Outline of Thought from an Economic Perspective".
To the document


October 1, 2009
Presentation on Price Regulation in Postal Markets
At the 42nd Freiburger Verkehrsseminar, Christian Jaag has given a presentation on "Preisobergrenzen in liberalisierten Postmärkten" (in german).
To the document


November 28, 2008
Contribution to the 1st Annual Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries
Christian Jaag und Urs Trinkner have presented their paper "Regulation in Network Industries: Theory and Practice" at the 1st Annual Conference on Competition and Regulation in Network Industries.


October 8, 2008
Presentation on the Cost of Universal Service Provision in the Postal Sector
At the 1st European Postal Benchmarking Workshop on Regulatory and Legal Affairs in Brussels, Christian Jaag has given a presentation on "Calculating the Net Cost of the USO".