In 2001, the board of the Studienvereinigung Kartellrecht called for proposals for an academic study on the subject of competition law and economics. The successful proposal was made by Prof. Dr. Ulrich Schwalbe, of the Institute of Economics of the University of Hohenheim, and Prof. Dr. Daniel Zimmer, of the Institute of Commercial and Economic Law of the University of Bonn. The authors presented their findings at a colloquium. The work was presented to the public at a working meeting.
The full study was published by Recht und Wirtschaft, Frankfurt, in 2006, followed by a second edition in 2011. An English translation was published by Oxford University Press in 2009.