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Universal service obligations are common in many of the infrastructure sectors. The obligations are often cited as a justification for limiting entry of new providers because the new providers would cherry-pick the high profit customers who provide the basis for subsidisation of another group of customers.
When obligations are beneficial, there are a number of policy traps that can be encountered. Obligations are often not
This seminar on Regulatory Governance took place on 12-13 June in Prague 2003.
"Too much red tape" is one of the most common complaints from businesses and citizens in OECD countries. Filling out forms, asking for permits and licences etc. is often extremely complex and cumbersome.
This report analyses proven approaches commonly adopted by governments to reduce and streamline administrative procedures.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 73, Chapter 6. This chapter reviews recent trends and patterns in FDI and the related activity of foreign affiliates.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 73, Chapter 7. This chapter reviews restrictions on FDI inflows in OECD countries.
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OECD Economic Outlook No. 73, Chapter 8. This chapter aims at identifying policy influences on bilateral and overall FDI patterns in the OECD area.
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The telecommunications industry has undergone significant regulatory reform over the last decade. By mid-1999, 23 of the OECD countries had liberalised their telecommunications market, including voice telephony, infrastructure investment and inve...
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The Korean electricity sector is distinguished from those of other OECD countries by its rapid expansion. Electricity demand in Korea tripled over the period 1987-97. While demand for electricity dropped in 1998 due to the recession, it has rebou...
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Does the national regulatory system allow market participants to take full advantage of competitive markets? Reducing regulatory barriers to trade and investment enables countries in an expanding global economy to benefit more fully from comparat...