Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs

Finance and enterprise affairs: Call for papers


It is easy to say that in policy planning we need to move away from a narrow focus on material growth to a broader notion of well-being and inclusiveness, but how do we go about it?


This call for papers is directed at young researchers and PhD-level students (see all terms and conditions). We are looking for fresh ideas that challenge our thinking on how government policies in the areas of competition, corporate governance, capital markets and financial services, international investment and foreign bribery can have an impact on our well-being as defined by the OECD's Better Life Initiative. The call for papers includes a total of five challenges to be rolled out consecutively.



CHALLENGE NO. 2 - Stock markets have traditionally played a central role in supporting investment financing, growth and jobs. They also allow households to participate in the growth of the economy. However, recent developments in the way that stock markets actually function make it necessary to challenge some of that conventional wisdom. These developments include market fragmentation, increased use of dark pools, high-frequency trading and co-location which some claim have eroded trust in stock markets as a level playing field where all investors have the same opportunities.

How could better functioning stock markets improve the quality of life as measured by the OECD's Better Life Initiative? Does the current stock market structure create an unlevel playing field among investors? Does the increasing complexity of stock markets have an adverse impact on investor confidence in the fairness and transparency of stock markets? This challenge closed on 1 September 2014.



CHALLENGE NO.1 Competition policy is about making business more competitive, whether through reforming government policies that restrict competition, or applying competition law against cartels and other abuses. How could competition policy affect the quality of life as measured by the OECD's Better Life Initiative? How can competition policy help make the lives of citizens better? This challenge closed on 31 March 2014. 


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