A Connected Continent? Eliminating excessive roaming charges in the EU

EU policymakers have long been concerned with the cost of international roaming services within the EU, and the European Commission considers that unjustified roaming charges pose a significant barrier to the EU single market. Its Connected Continent package of reforms aims to address this by eliminating such charges within the EU—but are the proposed changes likely to be effective, or will further modifications be needed?

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In praise of the economics of regulation

On 13 October 2014, the Royal Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences to Jean Tirole ‘for his analysis of market power and regulation’. Tirole made a significant impact in demonstrating how economics theory can be applied to the world of regulation. Here we provide an overview of his contribution

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The charity league: state aid investigations in European club football

The European Commission is becoming increasingly interested in investigating whether European football clubs are accessing state aid, and whether this funding is compliant with state aid rules. A judgment in the UK courts in June 2014 relates to whether Coventry City Council’s assistance to the stadium of Coventry City Football Club meets the market economy operator (MEO) test

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Too much information? The economics of privacy

New technologies are increasing the amount of personal information that is collected from users, especially on the Internet. Consumers often happily provide information in exchange for services, but also express rising concerns over privacy. How much privacy is good, and who should be paying for personal information? Economic insights into consumer behaviour and the costs and benefits of sharing personal information can inform the ongoing debate on privacy

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