Publications & Documents


  • 26-February-2010

    English

    Integration and Competition between Transport and Logistics Businesses

    Some very large multinational transport and logistics firms have emerged to provide integrated transport services to shippers in the globalised economy. Do these firms escape regulatory oversight from national competition authorities because of their sheer scale? Do they pose additional threats to competition when they merge with or acquire other companies in the supply chain?

    The Round Table brought competition experts together with researchers on maritime shipping, rail freight and logistics to identify critical competition issues and appropriate regulatory responses. An examination of the strategies of transport and logistics companies reveals that vertical integration can yield efficiencies, but usually reflects a need to improve the use of expensive fixed assets rather than control all parts of the supply chain. This usually explains why shipping lines acquire terminal operators. Horizontal acquisitions, where similar companies serving the same market merge, are more likely to raise competition concerns. Problems are particularly prone to arise at bottleneck infrastructure facilities.

    The Round Table report provides an economic framework for examining competition in global transport and logistics businesses, discusses the adequacy of the remedies available to regulators when competition is threatened, and explores the role of competition authorities and Transport Ministries in ensuring markets are efficient.

  • 18-February-2010

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    The road to recovery: Under construction – competition policy at work

    Opening the 9th Global Forum on Competition, Mr. Gurría talks about the concerted global effort needed to promote competitive markets which will support the recovery from the crisis.

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  • 18-February-2010

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    9th OECD Global Forum on Competition, 18-19 February 2010

    Taking place in Paris on 18-19 February 2010, the 9th OECD Global Forum on Competition will focus on state aids and subsidies and collusion and corruption in public procurement. Participants will also discuss a peer review of Brazil's competition law and policy.

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  • 18-December-2009

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    Asia Workshop on abuse of dominance

    This workshop addressed abuse of dominance, with discussions focusing on defining the relevant market, barriers to entry, determining whether market power exists, efficiency considerations as well as remedies and sanctions.

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  • 17-December-2009

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    Product market regulation in Russia

    This paper uses the OECD’s indicators of product market regulation (PMR) to assess the extent to which the regulatory environment in Russia supports competition and to draw attention to the areas where further reform efforts would pay dividends.

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  • 11-December-2009

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    Call for papers: OECD & Ifo / CESifo Conference on Regulation: Political Economy, Measurement and Effects on Performance

    Call for papers for the OECD & Ifo / CESifo Conference on Regulation: Political Economy, Measurement and Effects on Performance taking place from 29-30 January 2010 in Munich, Germany.

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  • 10-December-2009

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    Financial stability: overcoming the crisis and improving the efficiency of the banking sector in Japan

    Japanese banks largely avoided the direct impact from the global financial crisis thanks to their limited exposure to foreign toxic assets, the regulatory framework in Japan and the small role of securitisation.

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  • 3-December-2009

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    Promoting competition to strengthen economic growth in Belgium

    Prices for many goods and services in Belgium are higher than in other countries, reflecting generally weak competitive pressures.

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  • 1-December-2009

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    Prudential regulation and competition in financial markets

    This paper examines how a range of stability-oriented regulatory policies for banking and insurance are related to selected stability and competition outcomes in these sectors.

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  • 3-November-2009

    English

    Pedal to the metal: Structural reforms to boost long-term growth in Mexico and spur recovery from the crisis

    While Mexico’s growth performance has gradually improved over the past decades, its convergence toward OECD countries has been less rapid than in several other emerging markets.

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