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Non-household retail competition

The UK government is proposing to introduce a seamless cross-border retail market for non-household water and sewerage customers in England and Scotland by 2017. 


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Pricing of market data services: an economic analysis

Is market data provided by trading venues too expensive? Would imposing a strict definition of 'reasonable commercial terms' for market data be expected to benefit the real economy? New economic analysis by Oxera tackles these challenging questions. The results of the analysis question the need for regulation.


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Modernising state aid through better evaluation

In November 2013, the European Commission began its consultation on a guidance paper to help member states evaluate the effects of state aid. The evaluation of large aid schemes is an important element of the Commission’s state aid modernisation agenda to achieve more efficient and effective public spending. The guidance paper sets out suggested methodologies, best practice, and examples of how to carry out a meaningful evaluation in this field. 


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What is a ‘reasonable’ profit for insurers providing private medical insurance in Ireland under the risk equalisation scheme?

Following the introduction of an interim (risk equalisation) scheme in Ireland, designed to prevent health insurers in the private insurance market from charging higher premiums to high-risk individuals, Oxera assisted the Health Insurance Authority with annual assessments of whether compensation received by insurers in the Irish market was in line with a ‘reasonable’ profit.


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The role of in-house solicitors

In light of the changes in the way legal services can be provided—not least the recent introduction of alternative business structures (ABS)—the SRA wanted a clear, up-to-date understanding of the motivations for employing solicitors in-house and the challenges that these solicitors might face, particularly where the regulatory objectives of the SRA could be at risk.


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Does the universal service obligation represent an unfair burden for eircom?

Is the universal service obligation an unfair burden for eircom? Following an application by eircom for funding for its USO for 2009–10, Oxera reviewed a range of evidence to assess how ComReg could decide whether the USO represents an unfair burden, and proposed an overall framework for such an assessment. 


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Should the equity market return methodology be changed for RIIO price controls?

Ofgem consulted on whether the methodology for assessing the equity market return for energy network price controls should be changed. Oxera prepared a consultation response on behalf of the Energy Networks Association.


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Assessment of draft Contracts-for-Difference strike prices and contract terms

Electricity Market Reform (EMR) is the biggest change to the electricity market in Great Britain since privatisation. A key element of EMR is a new support mechanism for low-carbon generation, in the form of Feed-in Tariffs (FiTs) using Contracts for Difference (CfDs). Oxera was engaged by ScottishPower to assess the impact of the proposed CfD strike prices and contract terms in the draft EMR Delivery Plan (August 2013) on the economics of onshore and offshore wind.


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Study on the position of savers in private pension products

Sustainable provision of adequate retirement income has become a key topic throughout the EU in recent years. In numerous Member States, revisions of public pension funds have been accompanied by the introduction of private pension products, or modifications to existing products. Oxera was commissioned by DG Internal Market and Services and the Financial Services User Group to conduct a study on the position of savers in private pension products across 14 EU Member States. In addition to providing a categorisation of the systems, Oxera explored the level of charges and costs of private pension systems; returns, risk exposure and the risk management framework in place; and the information available to consumers, consumer representation and consumer behaviour with regard to private pensions.


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Impact of Centrepoint's intervention for homeless young people

Does it make economic sense to intervene early when young people become homeless?
 
This Oxera report is designed to inform decision-making in the area of homelessness policy and, in particular, in relation to policies for the young homeless. Given the significant scale of youth homelessness in the UK, substantial costs are incurred at a societal level, including both direct expenditure in providing support as well as the costs of adverse outcomes, such as crime, mental health problems, drug abuse and lower employment. It is therefore critical to intervene at the early stages to avoid escalation of the conditions. This report assesses these benefits of early intervention by Centrepoint. As such, the focus is on a traditional cost–benefit analysis (CBA) in order to ascertain whether each £1 that Centrepoint spends on interventions now is higher or lower than likely future public expenditure, should this intervention not take place at the current time. 

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