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  • 4-June-2019

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    The standard of review by courts in competition cases

    The OECD held a roundtable in June 2019 to examine the review of enforcement decisions and investigation steps by courts in relation to competition law, and refered to methods ensuring that courts have access to expertise in competition law and economics. Access all related materials.

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  • 3-June-2019

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    Publicly funded education markets

    Education services are fundamental for economic and social well-being. They not only directly boost public sector productivity, but also the productivity of workers across the economy by improving their skills, increasing their capacity to add value, and giving them the ability to adapt to new ways of working. In June 2019, the OECD will hold a roundtable discussion on publicly funded education markets.

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  • 29-November-2018

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    Gender and competition

    The 2018 Global Forum on Competition explored 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.

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  • 28-November-2018

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    Excessive Pricing in Pharmaceuticals

    A number of competition enforcement actions against excessive pricing have taken place in the pharmaceutical sector, despite competition authorities usually being reluctant to intervene directly against high prices. In November 2018, the OECD held a discussion on the intersection of competition concerns with excessive prices and the interaction between competition and regulated sectors such as pharma.

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  • 28-November-2018

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    Personalised Pricing in the Digital Era

    As data analytics and pricing algorithms become common business practice in the digital era, there are growing concerns about the possibility that companies use such tools to engage in personalised pricing. In November 2018, the OECD Consumer Protection and Competition committees jointly discussed challenges associated with the ambiguous and multi-dimensional effects of personalised pricing among other issues.

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  • 28-November-2018

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    Quality considerations in the zero-price economy

    Zero-price products are not a new concept and over the course of a single day, most consumers will come into contact with at least one product that is offered to them at a price of zero. In the digital economy, however, new zero-price markets have arisen. In November 2018 the OECD held a discussion to study their own unique characteristics and challenges they may impose. This page contains all related materials.

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  • 27-November-2018

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    Gun jumping and suspensory effects of merger notifications

    Gun jumping has received a lot of attention recently, as a perception has arisen that competition authorities are devoting more enforcement resources to these violations, and that the amounts of monetary fines for such infringements are increasing. In November 2018, the OECD held a roundtable to discuss recent developments in the enforcement practice, and contrast them with business needs in various stages before closing a merger.

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  • 26-November-2018

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    Designing publicly funded healthcare markets

    While there is little guidance on where or how to introduce choice and competition in healthcare services, there has nevertheless been a steady movement towards the greater use of market mechanisms to improve their quality and efficiency. In November 2018, the OECD held a discussion to share experiences and lessons learned on the topic. This page contains all related materials.

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  • 26-November-2018

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    Treatment of legally privileged information in competition proceedings

    Different approaches to legal professional privilege among jurisdictions create challenges regarding companies’ international operations, and authorities’ co-operation and sharing of information in cross-border cases involving jurisdictions offering dissimilar levels of protection. This November 2018 OECD discussion dealt with these questions.

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  • 10-September-2018

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    Market Studies Guide for Competition Authorities 2018

    This guide describes the process and different steps of a competition market study and can be used by competition authorities, and policymakers more broadly, when executing market studies and designing their framework.

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