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Evaluation of the Competition Commission’s BAA airports market investigation

Gatwick Airport Limited (GAL) commissioned Oxera to undertake an independent evaluation of the impacts of the remedies imposed by the Competition Commission (CC) after its 2009 market investigation into BAA. 


The impact of cross-border access to audiovisual content on EU consumers

Greater cross-border access to audiovisual (AV) content and services, as outlined in the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy, is likely to be significantly detrimental to European consumers and the AV industry in Europe, as well as to international AV businesses that are active in Europe.


Crowdfunding from an investor perspective

The Directorate General for Internal Market and Services and the Financial Services User Group (FSUG) commissioned Oxera to conduct a study on crowdfunding with financial returns in Europe. We were requested to undertake the study from the perspective of the user—the investor, rather than the fundraiser—and to include equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer (P2P) lending.


What are the implications of Brexit for state aid rules?

As the UK steel industry continues to struggle, trade unions and other interested parties have called on the UK government to offer state support to the Port Talbot steelworks. This has not yet materialised, however, largely due to concerns over a potential breach of state aid rules. 


Competition and innovation in payments: An analysis of market functioning and innovation

VocaLink commissioned Oxera to provide a review of the opportunities for greater competition and innovation in payment systems in the UK, in the context of VocaLink’s own vision for change in the UK payments landscape. The report will be used as evidence to inform the PSR’s market review into the ownership and competitiveness of the provision of infrastructure services. 


Governance and ownership of payments systems infrastructure

VocaLink commissioned Oxera to provide an independent review of potential governance and ownership models for VocaLink. In the context of expected changes in the payments market and the risks these present to VocaLink, Oxera was asked to examine the extent to which these risks can be mitigated by alternative governance and ownership models.


Indexation of future price controls in the water sector

In this report for Ofwat, Oxera considers the potential benefits and costs of different indexation options. The options range from no change, a change to the indexation of revenues only, a change to the indexation of both revenues and the regulatory capital value (RCV), and options which involve different proportions of the RCV continuing to be linked to the retail price index (RPI). 


Oxera’s assessment of the economic contribution of the rail industry in Scotland

The rail sector has an important role in providing employment and ensuring long-term benefits to the Scottish economy. Oxera was asked by Transport Scotland and the Rail Delivery Group to quantify this whole-industry impact, presenting a variety of metrics that assess the sector’s contribution today, and how that contribution has increased since devolution of rail powers to the Scottish Government in 2005.

The report builds on Oxera’s work for the Rail Delivery Group in 2014 and 2015 on the contribution to the UK economy of the GB rail sector.


Impact assessment of the CMA’s options for increasing on-rail competition

Oxera, together with Arup, has prepared an assessment for the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) of the expected impact of four options proposed by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) for increasing on-rail competition between passenger services in Great Britain:

  • Option 1: increasing the role of open access operators (OAO), alongside franchises;

  • Option 2: having two competing franchise operators in each franchise area;

  • Option 3: having more overlapping franchises, such that there is more scope for on-rail competition between franchises;

  • Option 4: licensing multiple operators on each route.


Oxera identifies economic welfare improvement of £11m from activities of a visiting and befriending charity

The St Vincent de Paul Society approached Oxera through Pro Bono Economics to assist it in understanding the economic effects of the SVP’s activities, which include voluntary services such as visiting and befriending.

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