The debate on how best to use and adjust the current competition policy framework and tools to deliver benefits to society in a changing world continues to evolve as competition authorities gain experience in both antitrust and merger cases in various industries. This experience has shown that challenges to effective competition do not come solely from anti-competitive behaviour and merger strategies.
For example, when markets are characterised by high or discriminatory prices or poor quality, the cause may not be anticompetitive conduct by incumbents, or agreements between firms, but instead market features such as concentration, high barriers to entry, behavioural bias leading to consumer lock-in, network effects, anticompetitive regulation, or distortions of competitive neutrality.
In December 2020, the Global Forum on Competition discussed the key questions facing competition authorities when considering market studies and emerging competition issues:
Effective market studies on competition issues
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GFC blog series
This blog series is based on the 2020 Global Forum on Competition agenda and highlights some of the key issues addressed.
How can competition law tackle misconduct in digital markets?
Can market studies be a more effective tool for tackling emerging competition issues?
Economising economic analysis for mergers in smaller markets
How does the UK use market studies to tackle emerging competition issues?
How is Mexico using market studies to tackle emerging competition issues?
Executive summary with key findings
Andrea Gomes da Silva (UK CMA)
Hardin Ratshisusu (South Africa)
Alejandra Palacios Pietro presents COFECE's market investigation tool
Competition policy responses to COVID-19, 2020
Market concentration, OECD Issues paper, OECD Policy Hearing, 2018
Market study guide for competition authorities, OECD Report 2018
The role of market studies as a tool to promote competition, OECD Global Forum on Competition 2016
Market studies methodologies for competition authorities, OECD Policy Roundtables 2017
Competition and Market Studies in Latin America: The case of Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama and Peru, 2015
Market studies, OECD Policy Roundtables 2008
More OECD Work on market studies
OECD Competition Youtube channel