Antitrust and regulation are areas that strongly influence markets, for example, aspects of competition levels and the performance of physical and financial investments. In the past years, the scale of regulatory changes has been unprecedented as was their impact on the markets. Regulatory decisions have far reaching consequences to the economy. A comprehensive tri-party discourse is lacking between the private sector, the academic world, and the regulators. Another lacking dialog is that between the economic and legal disciplines.
The Antitrust and Regulation Forum was established as part of the Eli Hurvitz Institute for Strategic Management at Tel Aviv University to address these issues, seeking to make a contribution to the level and professionalism of such discourse. The Forum conducts activities aimed mainly at: strengthening the discourse between the private sector, the academic world, and the regulators; in-depth discussion of current pressing issues of different markets; and the establishment, over time, of a body of academic and applied knowledge on the subject of regulation. The Forum initiates conferences and workshops, the collection of background materials and in-depth research, and the preservation and documentation of different aspects of the regulatory discourse. Certain activities involve a particular sector, such as banking industry regulation, energy sector regulation, long-term savings industry regulation, food industry regulation, healthcare regulation. Other activities focus cross-industry issues, for example, price control, competition in bilateral markets, excessive pricing, asymmetric information, regulatory arbitration, desirable levels of intervention.