Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Corporate Leniency Programs for Antitrust"

Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Corporate Leniency for Antitrust"

Submission deadline

July 1, 2021

Guest editors

Jeroen Hinloopen (University of Amsterdam and CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis),
Sander Onderstal (University of Amsterdam),
Adriaan Soetevent (University of Groningen),


Corporate leniency programs have become an increasingly important tool for antitrust authorities to break cartels. These programs provide fine reductions and/or rewards for reporting a cartel to antitrust authorities by one of the cartel members. The first such program was initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1978 and was substantially strengthened in 1993. Since then, leniency programs have become part of antitrust enforcement in the United States, the European Union, and other countries.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the EU Commission “leniency” notice, the Review of Industrial Organization invites papers dealing with corporate leniency programs related to antitrust. The papers will be considered for publication in a Special Issue of the journal, tentatively scheduled for 2022. Both theoretical, empirical, and experimental contributions are welcome. All submissions will go through a regular but expedited peer review process.

Paper submission

Submission starts 15th October 2020 and closes 1st July 2021. Authors should submit their manuscript directly to: For inquiries about this special issue, please contact one of the guest editors listed above.

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