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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.
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The Guiding Principles for Regulatory Quality and Performance provide guidance for government action to ensure that regulations, and government asset management, in regulated sectors are of high quality and appropriately promote competition and markets. They were adopted by the OECD Council in April 2005. Several policy committees, including the Competition Committee’s Working Party on Competition and Regulation, participated in their
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This report is part of the monitoring of developments since the 1999 OECD Report on Regulatory Reform in Japan ("1999 Report"), with particular attention to the implementation of its recommendations.
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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
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Is competition policy sufficiently integrated into the general policy framework for regulation? Competition policy is central to regulatory reform, because its principles and analysis provide a benchmark for assessing the quality of economic and ...
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Competition policy is central to regulatory reform, because its principles and analysis provide a benchmark for assessing the quality of economic and social regulations, as well as motivate the application of the laws that protect competition.
This publication explores the nature and impact of rules which affect the structure of public utilities industries. It covers not only the theory behind different forms of separation but also practical experience in a wide variety of countries and sectors.
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The introduction of greater competition in regulated sectors has required establishing new regulators or seriously rethinking what existing regulators were doing, bringing to the fore important questions concerning the proper relationship between sector specific regulators and economy-wide competition agencies.
On the one hand, competition agencies have a comparative advantage over regulators when it comes to ensuring that
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This glossary of terms frequently used in the field of industrial organisation economics and competition law has been compiled for pedagogical and training purposes.