From Bid Rigging to Zero Pricing


Public procurement constitutes one of the most important expenditures by states worldwide, so detecting and sanctioning collusive behaviors between firms that attempt to ‘cheat’ in the bidding game is paramount.

As tools for detection evolves and the legal framework is amended to prevent and punish wrongdoers, collusive practices refine and become more complex. Therefore, there is a need to study these issues from an interdisciplinary perspective.


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Registration is free and gives access to coffee breaks and lunch.

This workshop has been made possible thanks to the generous funding granted by the Norwegian Competition Authority (Konkurransetilsynet) to the research project “Between predation and bid rigging: Competition issues in procurement markets”.

08.30 – 09.00

Registration and coffee

09.00 – 09.10

Welcome words 

  • Malin Arve, NHH
  • Ronny Gjendemsjø, UiB
09.15 – 10.45

Law session

  • Despina Pachnou, OECD
  • Penelope Giosa, University of Portsmouth
  • Patricia Valcárcel Fernández, University of Vigo
10.45 - 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12. 30

Economics session

  • Renaud Foucart, Lancaster University
  • Ricardo Goncalves, Catholic University Porto
  • Shrey Nishchal, Høgskulen på Vestlandet
12.30 - 13.30


13.30 - 14.15

Tina Søreide, Norwegian Competition Authority

Public procurement and competition: The role of competition authorities

14.15 - 14.30

Coffee break

14.30 - 16.00

  Round Table

Speakers are confirmed. Topics will be announced later.