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THE PODCAST BY TWS PARTNERS

OUR GAME THEORY PODCAST

In Game Changer, the podcast by TWS Partners, we want to share our enthusiasm and passion for game theory and its applications.

We invite guests from business and academia to discuss how they use the power of game theory in their profession to make a difference – and to learn some fun anecdotes, useful facts and valuable insights along the way. Join us on this journey, and find out that game theory is much more than a topic for ivory tower discussions.

THE PRICE OF A PILL: GAME THEORY AND THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY | WITH OLIVER VIEHMANN
September 14, 2021
September 14, 2021
In this episode, we talk to Oliver Viehmann, Principal at TWS Partners, and explore the application of game theory to pricing strategies and negotiations in the highly regulated pharmaceutical industry. We discuss how pharmaceutical companies engage with regulators across the world to determine drug prices using two broad mechanisms: regulatory cost-effectiveness pricing and competitive procurement mechanisms (e.g. contracting or tendering). With reference to the highly publicized "Volume Based Procurement" program in China, we delve into the game theoretic complexities and challenges for both payers, who create auction designs, and manufacturers, who compete to win contracts. Oliver Viehmann is Principal at TWS Partners and supports clients in the pharmaceutical sector, in addition to a range of other industries.
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HOW TO PREDICT EMERGING MARKET POWER USING GAME THEORY | WITH PHILIPP HELLER
August 03, 2021
August 03, 2021
In this episode we talk to Philipp Heller, expert on mergers, antitrust and competition to elaborate on why game theory is relevant to merger analysis. We discuss how game theory can help predict effects of market consolidations for some of the most prominent examples in recent years. While the intended merger of Vonovia and its largest rival Deutsche Wohnen, which would have formed the largest residential-property company in the whole of Europe, was recently rejected by shareholders, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) gave its blessing to the transaction. We explain some ideas from game theory that are useful for antitrust authorities like the FCO when analysing this and other mergers. Philipp Heller is an Associate Director at NERA Economic Consulting. There he has focused on topics such as cartel damages litigation, national and international merger notifications, and regulatory procedures. Previously Philipp completed his PhD in Economics at Humboldt University of Berlin.
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IT’S A MATCH! HOW ECONOMISTS IMPROVE MECHANISMS FOR KIDNEY EXCHANGE | WITH JULIEN COMBE
July 20, 2021
July 20, 2021
In this episode Julien Combe, professor of Economics at École Polytechnique, walks us through the intricacies of finding the right matching mechanism for kidney exchanges. We talk about general challenges when trying to find a match, the impact of different regulations in different countries and how a single altruistic donor can set off a whole chain of successful exchanges. Julien Combe is professor at the Department of Economics at École Polytechnique in France. In his research he focuses on market design and especially the design of efficient allocation mechanisms in various environments. Among other things the results of his research help inform policy makers and regulators in France when it comes to matching markets.
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FROM A SPARK TO A FLAME: THE RISE OF GAME THEORY AT GENERAL MOTORS | WITH MARC ROBINSON
July 06, 2021
July 06, 2021
In this episode Marc Robinson, strategy and risk management expert, takes us back to when he first applied game theory to real-life business problems at General Motors. He shares his insights on how to identify problems well suited for game theoretic tools as well as benefits and common misconceptions when applying them to negotiations of all kinds. Marc Robinson now works as an independent strategy and risk management consultant, following a career as an internal consultant and economist at General Motors. It was there that he first introduced game theoretic concepts and tools, applying them to a vast range of applications such as strategic product or investment decisions, or negotiations with partners, suppliers, and unions. He also taught at UCLA and Stanford and worked on the Council of Economic Advisers under President George H.W. Bush.
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RATIONING SUPPLY – OR HOW GOOD INTENTIONS CAN LEAD TO A BAD OUTCOME | WITH MARION OTT
June 22, 2021
June 22, 2021
In order to advance the “green revolution”, the EU has set some ambitious goals to drastically increase renewable energies in their energy portfolio. Part of that strategy is to award “support” (i.e. state subsidies) to renewable energy projects. Today’s guest Marion Ott explains to us how these subsidies are allocated, which rules are discussed to improve this process and their (unintended) effects. In particular, we are discussing “endogenous rationing”, which tries to increase competition in the subsidies tenders by artificially reducing the supply. Marion Ott is researcher at the ZEW and member of the research department "Market Design". Her work is focussed on auction and market design. You can find details on her current research activities on her homepage https://www.zew.de/team/mot In particular, Marion recently published two papers on endogenous rationing, which you can find here https://www.zew.de/publikationen/a-small-volume-reduction-that-melts-down-the-market-auctions-with-endogenous-rationing (in English) and here https://www.zew.de/publikationen/endogene-rationierung-in-ausschreibungen-fuer-erneuerbare-energien (in German only).
Marion's website
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