When customers can choose between different providers, they benefit and so does the economy as a whole. Their abilityto choose forces firms to compete with one another. Choice for customers is a good thing in itself, but the competition between firms also leads to increased productivity and economic growth. However, measuring and finding evidence of the link between competition policy, productivity and growth can be challenging.
The OECD Working Party No. 2 on Competition and Regulation discussed the links between Competition and Productivity in October 2013. The topic was explored through a hearing session with the participation of two experts: Giuseppe Nicoletti (OECD Economic Division), and Michael Klein (Frankfurt School of Finance and Management).
The Hearing started with a discussion of a draft factsheet which is being prepared by the OECD Secretariat to provide competition agencies with an overview of recent evidence of the effects of competition and competition policy on innovation, productivity and growth. This factsheet will be further improved following this discussion and will provide an additional tool that competition agencies can use in advocating their role. The experts then discussed the impact of reducing regulations and barriers to entry on competition and, consequently, on productivity and growth.
The publication of the results of this hearing discussion is scheduled for release in 2014 as part of the Best Practice Roundtables on Competition Policy series.
OTHER TOPICS DISCUSSED IN OCTOBER 2013
DOCUMENTS AND LINKS
Angel Gurría talks about the role of competition in improving productivity and growth at the 20th anniversary of competition law in Iceland
Evaluation of competition interventions
Evaluation of competition enforcement and advocacy activities, 2012 (pdf)
Competition, Innovation and Productivity Growth, 2002
Indicators of product market regulation
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