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General

I am an Industrial Economist with extensive research and teaching experience. My recent research has modelled the incentives of colluding firms, with the aims of explaining real-world collusive behaviour and improving competition policy to regulate collusion and cartels. My ongoing research examines hub and spoke cartels.  I have taught Microeconomics, Industrial Organisation and Competition Policy and have a keen interest in using technology to enhance teaching and learning.

Research Interests

  • Vertical restraints

  • Recommended retail prices

  • Merger policy

  • Tacit and explicit collusion

  • Using technology to enhance learning and teaching (see video)

Teaching Activity

Qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Professional Practice in Higher Education, Aston University, 2011

  • PhD Economics, University of East Anglia, 2009

  • MA Industrial Economics, University of East Anglia, 2002

  • BA Economics, University of East Anglia, 2001

Employment

  • 2009 - to date: Lecturer, Economics & Strategy Group, Aston Business School

  • 2002 - 2009: Research Associate, ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia

PhD Supervision

Available to supervise students in industrial organisation and competition policy. 

Membership of Professional Bodies

Associate Member of the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/ European Association for Research in Industrial Economics, Network of Industrial Economists, Fellow of Higher Education Academy. 

Contact Details

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3107
Email: m.olczak@aston.ac.uk
Room: SW1017

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Research Output 2004 2018

The Role of the maverick firm concept in European Commission merger decisions

Bromfield, J. & Olczak, M., 25 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Competition Law & Economics. 14, 2, p. 179-192

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

merger
European Commission
firm
economic theory
candidacy

Collusion under imperfect monitoring with asymmetric firms

Garrod, L. & Olczak, M., 23 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Industrial Economics. 65, 3, p. 654-682 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Imperfect monitoring
Asymmetric firms
Collusion
Price war
Capacity constraints
Open Access
File
Tacit collusion
Asymmetry
Price war
Collusion
Capacity constraints

Raising rivals’ fixed costs

Hviid, M. & Olczak, M., 1 Jan 2016, In : International Journal of the Economics of Business. 23, 1, p. 19-36 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Fixed costs
Litigation
Authority
Consumer welfare
Oligopoly

Chain-store pricing and the structure of retail markets

Olczak, M., Jun 2015, In : Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade. 15, 2, p. 87-104 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
Retailers
Pricing
Retail market
Pricing strategy
Pricing policy

Thesis

An empirical investigation on firm-level performance of cross border mergers and acquisitions

Author: Lin, Y., 11 Nov 2015

Supervisor: Driffield, N. L. (Supervisor), Temouri, Y. (Supervisor) & Olczak, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Institutions matter: essays on the determinants and consequences of socio-political institutions

Author: McDowell, S., 28 Jun 2016

Supervisor: Jones, C. M. (Supervisor), Du, J. (Supervisor) & Olczak, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Maverick firms and merger policy

Author: Bromfield, J., 31 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Olczak, M. (Supervisor) & Bissoondeeal, R. K. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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Activities 2008 2011

  • 2 Types of Business and Community - Other
  • 1 Types of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

Referee, Oxford Economic Papers

Matthew Olczak (Reviewer)
31 May 20117 Jun 2011

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of External academic engagement - Contribution to the work of national or international committees and working groups

Developing accompanying textbook resources. McGrawhill Publishers.

Matthew Olczak (Contributor)
20102011

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Business and Community - Other

Review draft textbook chapters. McGrawHill Publishers

Matthew Olczak (Contributor)
20102011

Activity: Other activity typesTypes of Business and Community - Other

Office of Fair Trading

Matthew Olczak (Visiting researcher)
2008

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution