The OECD has developed a range of indicators of product market regulation at both the economy-wide and sectoral levels. All of these indicators measure the extent to which policy settings promote or inhibit competition in areas of the product market where competition is viable. Please cite the database as: OECD (2011), Product Market Regulation Database, www.oecd.org/economy/pmr.
Indicators of economy-wide regulation (PMR)
The indicators of product market regulation (PMR) are economy-wide indicators of policy regimes in OECD countries and have been estimated for 1998, 2003 and around 2008 for 30 OECD countries and for around 2008 for another 4 OECD countries (Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia) as well as for Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa. These indicators summarise a wide array of different regulatory provisions across countries.
Users of the data must be aware that they may no longer fully reflect the current situation in fast reforming countries.
For more on the PMR indicators click here.
Indicators of sectoral regulation (NMR)
Regulation in the professional services
These indicators measure regulatory conditions in the professional services. The professional services indicators cover entry and conduct regulations in the legal, accounting, engineering, and architecture professions and have been estimated for 1996, 2003 and around 2008.
For more on the indicators of regulation in the professional services sector click here.
Regulation in retail trade
These indicators measure regulatory conditions in the retail sector. The retail indicators have been estimated for 1998, 2003 and around 2008.
For more on the indicators of regulation in the retail distribution sector click here.
Regulation in energy, transport and communications
The indicators of regulation in energy, transport and communications (ETCR) summarise regulatory provisions in seven sectors: telecoms, electricity, gas, post, rail, air passenger transport, and road.
For more on the ETCR indicators click here.
The indicators of regulation impact (RI) are sectoral indicators that measure the ‘knock-on’ effects of regulation in non-manufacturing sectors on all sectors of the economy. Excel files of the full set of these indicators are available below. Please cite the database as: OECD (2011), Product Market Regulation Database, www.oecd.org/economy/pmr.