Workshop on Competition in Publicly Funded Markets


 28 February 2019  Paris  


Publicly funded services, such as social care, childcare, healthcare, skills and employment services, education, probation, housing and others, make up a large part of the economy in all OECD countries, and the quality and efficiency of the services that they provide are fundamental to a country’s ability to improve both productivity and inclusivity. 

On 28 February 2019, the OECD will therefore hold a one-day workshop in Paris that draws together cross-cutting issues for those competition agencies that are advocating for pro-competitive regulatory reforms to these services, and those that are intervening in those markets. These cross-cutting issues include:

  • empowering users to make meaningful choices;
  • analysing the effects of mergers;
  • addressing barriers to entry, exit and a level playing field; and
  • incentivising effective competition. 

The workshop offers an opportunity to share experiences and lessons learned on what has worked well, and what has worked badly. Its objective is to explore the different approaches used in the various publicly funded markets around the world to identify best practices that can support agencies, both in their advocacy and their interventions. 

Materials and more information on the speakers will soon become available on this page. 





The workshop is open to government officials not only from competition authorities but also regulatory agencies in the sector. 

Invitations to our contacts have been sent by email. Participants will be able to self-register to this event in MyOECD and indicate if they wish to attend in person or via Webex (distant participation). If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend please contact Paloma Bellaiche.



Two other OECD events are being held back-to-back to this event. For more information please visit:



Any questions related to the scope of the workshop should be sent to Chris Pike or Carolina Abate.

Questions regarding the logistics of the event can be sent to Paloma Bellaiche.  


Designing publicly funded healthcare markets, 2018

School Choice and School Vouchers: An OECD Perspective, 2017

Competition in public markets, 2017 OECD Global Forum on Competition discussion

Competition in Hospital Services, 2012 

Competition in the Provision of Hospital Services, 2005

All regulated sectors roundtables 

More OECD work on competition


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