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  • 12-June-2020

    English

    Consumer data rights and competition

    In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on consumer data rights and their impact on competition, in a period where many jurisdictions are adopting new data rights for customers, and the role of competition advocacy and enforcement is tested in an ever evolving connected world.

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  • 11-June-2020

    English

    Start-ups, killer acquisitions and merger control

    In June 2020, the OECD held a Roundtable on start-ups, killer acquisitions and merger control to look at theories of harm in the acquisition of nascent firms, how to identify the relevant counterfactual, and how to assess the competitive effects of such mergers. The topic will now be adressed during the OECD Competition Open Day on 24 February 2021.

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  • 10-June-2020

    English

    Conglomerate effects of mergers

    In June 2020, the OECD held a roundtable on the conglomerate effects of mergers which have taken on new prominence in the digital era. This discussion focused on how to assess the potential harm to competition from conglomerate mergers, and how to overcome practical challenges associated with investigating conglomerate theories of harm.

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  • 9-June-2020

    English

    Criminalisation of cartels and bid rigging conspiracies

    In June 2020, the OECD will hold a roundtable on Criminalisation of cartels and bid rigging conspiracies. The roundtable will examine different types of criminal sanctions imposed against firms and individuals, the different approaches to investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, and the role of leniency programmes and co-operation between competition agencies and prosecution authorities.

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  • 8-June-2020

    English

    Line of business restrictions as a solution to competition concerns

    In June 2020, the OECD held a hearing on Competition and line of business restrictions, to look at how effective structural and behavioural restrictions such as non-discrimination have been, and to understand the case for such restrictive regulations in relation to self-preferencing by digital platforms.

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  • 28-May-2020

    English

    Coverage and representativeness of Orbis data

    This paper describes the coverage and representativeness of Orbis, a commercial database of firm-level records across many countries. Such databases can provide key insights into global economic trends and shed light on how policies affect firms within and across countries. As a benchmark, the paper uses industry-level data from the OECD STAN dataset as well as micro-aggregated data from the OECD MultiProd and DynEmp projects, which draw on official microdata representative of the entire firm population. Results indicate that Orbis is more suitable for studies that: i) take a global perspective rather than make comparisons across countries; ii) analyse top performers and multinationals rather than underperforming firms; and iii) focus on mean performance or changes within firms rather than the entire firm distribution or entry and exit.
  • 26-May-2020

    English, PDF, 532kb

    Co-operation between competitors in the time of COVID-19

    This note identifies some of the criteria that competition authorities may consider when assessing co-operation between competitors in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, and presents solutions to some of the challenges raised by their analysis. Some potential issues are highlighted to prompt further discussion.

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  • 26-May-2020

    English, PDF, 702kb

    Exploitative pricing in the time of COVID-19

    This note analyses the role of competition agencies facing high prices caused by the Covid-19 crisis. It discusses the circumstances under which competition enforcement may be justified, how to overcome the difficulties that competition authorities pursuing such a course are likely to face, and available regulatory alternatives to address high prices during a pandemic.

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  • 25-May-2020

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    Merger control in the time of COVID-19

    One of the many consequences of the COVID-19 crisis is the risk that many firms will find themselves in financial distress and forced to exit the market or merge. This note focuses on competition issues relating to merger control.

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  • 25-May-2020

    English, PDF, 452kb

    Occupational Entry Regulation Indicator (SPAD)

    Occupational Entry Regulation Indicator

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