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Gender and competition

 

 29 November 2018  Paris  

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2018 OECD GLOBAL FORUM ON COMPETITION EXPLORED THE RELATION BETWEEN GENDER AND COMPETITION

Competition policy usually thinks in terms of consumers and firms, government and regulators. Traditionally, consumers have been considered only by their willingness to pay, their (rational) preferences, their ability to substitute between products offered by firms. Meanwhile, firms are treated as entities that are defined by the profit-maximising objectives of their owners, and only rarely seen as collections of people. Competition policy is therefore largely gender blind and prides itself on its objectivity. However, in November 2018, the Global Forum on Competition held a discussion on the topic to explore whether a gender lens might in fact help deliver a more objective competition policy by identifying additional relevant features of the market, and of the behaviour of consumers and firms. We also discussed whether a competition perspective can help inform policymaking on gender equality.

All related materials for the discussion are available on this page.

 

Session information

 

SPEAKER

Estefania SANTACREU-VASUT Bio 
Associate Professor in Economics, ESSEC Business School

 

DOCUMENTATION

Background note by Estefania Santacreu-Vasut and Chris Pike

 

 

» Watch a video about this discussion

» Read the background note by Estefania Santacreu-Vasut and Chris Pike

» Watch a video about the other topics under discussion in Nov 2018

» OECD Competition Youtube channel

Presentation

 

 

Estefania Santacreu-Vasut - Professor in Economics, ESSEC Business School

Related links

» What's gender got to do with competition policy?

» Public interest considerations in merger control

» OECD Gender data portal

» Gender discrimination versus market competition in India: New evidence Link to an external site icon

 

» Global Forum website

» Full list of Competition Policy Roundtables

 

 

 

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