Publications & Documents


  • 4-June-2007

    English, , 169kb

    Policy Brief: Prosecuting Cartels without Direct Evidence of Agreement

    Cartels are agreements among competitors fixing prices, allocating markets or rigging tenders (bids). They are the most harmful of all types of competition law violations and should be sanctioned severely. Cartel cases are unique. The most important part of a cartel case is simply proving that such an agreement existed. But getting direct evidence of a cartel agreement can be difficult. Cartel operators work in secret and often do not

  • 16-January-2007

    English, Excel, 142kb

    Policy Brief: Competition and Barriers to Entry

    Before a firm can compete in a market, it has to be able to enter it. Many markets have at least some impediments that make it more difficult for a firm to enter a market. A debate over how to define the term “barriers to entry” began decades ago, however, and it has yet to be won. Some scholars have argued, for example, that an obstacle is not an entry barrier if incumbent firms faced it when they entered the market. Others contend

  • 9-August-2006

    English

    Raising Economic Performance by Fostering Product Market Competition in Germany (Economics Department Working Paper 507)

    This working paper sugggest that much scope remains to make regulation of product markets more conducive to competition - notwithstanding progress in recent years - with substantial benefits for consumer welfare, productivity and employment.

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  • 15-June-2006

    English

    Ireland's Housing Boom: What Has Driven it and Have Prices Overshot? (Economics Department Working Paper 492)

    This working paper looks at the housing market and the risks that it poses to the Irish economy.

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  • 15-June-2006

    English

    Boosting Competition in Ireland (Economics Department Working Paper 491)

    This working paper discusses ways to strengthen competition in order to boost productivity growth and help restrain inflation in Ireland.

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  • 6-March-2006

    English, , 2,525kb

    Barriers to Entry - Competition Policy Roundtable - OECD

    This roundtable addressed how to define entry barriers, whether a precise definition is really required, how various types of barriers affect the likelihood, timing, and extent of entry, and how competition agencies assess entry conditions.

  • 10-January-2006

    English

    Product Market Competition and Economic Performance in France (Economics Department Working Paper 473)

    This working paper suggests that French growth can be improved by removing restrictions on competition, chiefly in service sectors.

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  • 15-December-2005

    English, , 715kb

    Hard Core Cartels: Third Report on the Implementation of the 1998 Recommendation

    This 2005 report examines the progress in the ongoing fight against cartels; it focuses on enforcement action; public awareness; effective sanctions, in particular sanctions against individuals; and international cooperation in cartel cases.

  • 2-November-2005

    English, , 54kb

    Best Practices for the Formal Exchange of Information Between Competition Authorities in Hard Core Investigations

    These Best Practices aim to identify safeguards that member countries should consider applying when they authorise competition authorities to exchange confidential information in cartel investigations.

  • 20-October-2005

    English

    Raising Greece's Potential Output Growth (Economics Department Working Paper 452)

    This working paper assesses the potential economic benefits from structural reforms in Greece.

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