Maarten Pieter Schinkel studies market processes, and in particular the effects of anticompetitive behaviour, market oversight and regulation. In addition to his work on general disequilibrium theory, his research focusses on cartel formation. What brings managers to participate in these illegal activities? How can competition authorities effectively combat cartels? What role is played in this by performance- based contracts, individual sanctions and leniency?
Schinkel's fundamental research on the games of hide-and-seek in cartel law enforcement has amongst other things led to the discovery of new, until now unknown, cartel types. He also contributes to the application of forensic economics to enforcing the competition laws, including estimation methods for (passed-on) antitrust damages. Additionally, Professor Schinkel develops instruments for merger control and analyses the (sometimes perverse) effects of jurisprudence and regulation on market behaviour.
Schinkel has been with the UvA's Amsterdam Centre for Law & Economics (ACLE) since 2003, where he heads the Competition & Regulation research group. He is also the director of the Economics Network for Competition and Regulation (ENCORE). Schinkel is a visiting professor at the College of Europe in Brugge. He previously taught at the University of Liege and at Maastricht University, where he graduated in 2001. Schinkel also conducted research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and he has worked as a consultant for a number of organisations, including the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) and the European Commission. Schinkel is a Fulbright Fellow, Tinbergen Institute Research Fellow and a Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) Research Affiliate.