Department of Economics 

      Evgenia Motchenkova 



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Current Affiliation:

Assistant Professor
VU University Amsterdam
Department of Economics
De Boelelaan 1105 / 10A-87
1081 HV Amsterdam
tel. +31-(0)20-5987143



Ph.D. Economics, Tilburg University, 2001-2005

Master Degree, University of Oslo, 1999- 2001

Master Degree, Saint-Petersburg State University, 1995-2000



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Primary Fields: Industrial Organization, Law and Economics, Competition Policy and Regulation, Microeconomics, Game Theory, Dynamic Games

Publications in Refereed Journals:

·         E. Motchenkova and P.M. Kort, (2006), Analysis of the properties of the current penalty schemes for violations of antitrust law, Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications, 128(2), 431-451

·         E. Motchenkova, (2008), Determination of optimal penalties for antitrust violations in a dynamic setting, European Journal of Operational Research , 189(1), 269-291,

·         E. Motchenkova and D. Leliefeld, (2010), Adverse effects of leniency programs in view of industry asymmetry, Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Volume V/ Issue 2(12), 115-129,

·         H. Houba, Motchenkova E., and Q. Wen, (2010), Antitrust enforcement with price-dependent fines and detection probabilities, Economics Bulletin, Vol. 30 no.3 pp. 2017-2027,

·         R. Halbersma, M. Mikkers, E. Motchenkova, and I. Seinen, (2011), Market Structure and Hospital-Insurer Bargaining in the Netherlands, European Journal of Health Economics, Volume 12, Issue 6, Page 589-603,

·         E. Motchenkova and R. van der Laan, (2011), Strictness of leniency programs and asymmetric punishment effect, International Review of Economics, Volume 58, Issue 4, Page 401-431,

·         H. Houba, Motchenkova E., and Q. Wen, (2012), Competitive Prices as Optimal Cartel Prices, Economics Letters, Volume 114, Issue 1, January 2012, Pages 39-42.

·         I. Lianos and E. Motchenkova (2013), Market Dominance and Search Quality in the Search Engine Market, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, 9 (2), 419-455,

·         E. Motchenkova (2014), Cost minimizing sequential punishment policies for repeat offenders, Applied Economics Letters, 21 (5), 360-365,

·         H. Houba, Motchenkova E., and Q. Wen, (2015), The Effects of Leniency on Cartel Pricing, The B.E. Journal of Theoretical Economics, forthcoming, current URL:

Book Chapters and Reports:

·         H. Houba, E. Motchenkova and Q. Wen, (2014), The Role of Legal Principles in the Economic Analysis of Competition Policy, in Analysis of Competition Policy and Sectoral Regulation,  M. Peitz and Y. Spiegel eds., Now Publishers Inc. Boston-Delft. pp. 389-422, Discussion paper version URL:

·         I. Lianos, F. Jenny, F. Wagner von Papp, E. Motchenkova, and E. David (2014), An Optimal and Just Financial Penalties System for Infringements of Competition Law: a Comparative Analysis, Report Fiscalia (Chilean Competition Authority), CLES, UCL.

·         I. Lianos, F. Jenny, F. Wagner von Papp, E. Motchenkova, and E. David, 2014, Judicial Scrutiny of Financial Penalties in Competition Law: A Comparative Perspective, Report Fiscalia (Chilean Competition Authority), CLES, UCL

Working Papers:

·         Penalizing Cartels: The Case for Basing Penalties on Price Overcharge, with Y. Katsoulacos and D. Ulph, Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 14-129/VII, TILEC Discussion Paper Series, 2014- 037.

·         Legal Principles in Antitrust Enforcement, with H. Houba and Q. Wen, 2013. Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers, 2013-178/II.

·         Technology Transfer by Foreign Multinationals, Local Investment, and FDI Policy, with N. Ghebrihiwet, VU Research Memoranda 2015-4.

·         Market Power in Bilateral Oligopoly Markets with Non-expandable Infrastructures, with Funaki, Y. and H. Houba, 2012. Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 12-139/II and TILEC Discussion Paper Series 2012-041.

·         Antitrust Enforcement and Marginal Deterrence, with H. Houba and Q. Wen, 2011. Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers 2011-166/1.

·         Research Joint Ventures and Price Collusion: Joint Analysis of the Impact of R&D Subsidies and Antitrust Fines, with O. Rus, VU Research Memoranda 2011-25,

·         Leniency Programs in the Presence of Judicial Errors, with N. Ghebrihiwet, TILEC Discussion paper 2010-030

·         The effects of leniency programs on cartel stability: A timing game approach, CentER Discussion paper 2004-98, URL: CentER Discussion paper series 2004-98 (revised July 2009)

Work in Progress:

·         Market Dominance and Quality of Search Results in Oligopolistic Search Engine Market, with E. Bartelsman, P. Denderski, and I. Lianos, mimeo (March 2013)

·         A Dynamic Model of Intermediation, with M. Watanabe, mimeo

Other publications:

·         Y. Funaki, H. Houba and E. Motchenkova, 2013, An application of Market Power Theory in Bilateral Oligopoly Markets to the EU Gas Production and Distribution Industry, AENORM, 21(78), p. 14-19

·         N. Tesfay, F. den Butter and E. Motchenkova, 2012, De valkuilen voor de snelle economische groei van Eritrea, Economisch Statistische Berichten (ESB), 97 (4632), 30 March 2012, p. 216-218

·         H. Houba, E. Motchenkova and Q. Wen, 2010, On the Effectiveness of Leniency Programs in Cartel Enforcement, MET: Medium Econometrische Toepassingen, 17-4-3, p. 18-23 and AENORM  18 (67), p. 23-27

·         H. Houba, E. Motchenkova and Q. Wen, 2009, The Maximal Damage Paradigm in Antitrust Regulation: Is it Something New?, AENORM  16, p.37-41

·         Promoting small-scale private enterprises in Russia: the problem of excessive taxation, Proceedings of the Workshop on Reviving Russian Economy through the restructuring of incentives, 2001. St-Petersburg, Russia, pp. 7-10

Fellowships, Grants and Honors:

·         Short-listed for Antitrust Writing Awards GCR, 2013 (article: " Market Dominance and Search Quality in the Search Engine Market");

·         Short-listed for the best TILEC Discussion Paper of the academic year 2012-2013 (article: " Market Dominance and Search Quality in the Search Engine Market");

·         TILEC Research Grant on “The law and economics of online search and search advertising”, Tilburg, The Netherlands, 2011;

·         Research Fellow of Tinbergen Institute (TI), Tilburg University, 2012 - present;

·         Research Fellow of Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC), Tilburg University, 2006 – present;