Putting the genie back in the bottle—deposit return schemes on plastics

In March 2018 the UK government announced a plan to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic, glass and metal drinks containers in England. Aimed at curbing pollution by stimulating recycling, the scheme will be consulted on later this year, and will bring England into line with many other EU countries that already have such schemes. From a traditional and a behavioural economics perspective, what conditions are necessary in order for these schemes to achieve the intended policy objectives?

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The Heathrow third runway: what next?

Given the approval of the UK government’s National Airports Policy Statement on 5 June 2018, observers may think that the last remaining major obstacles have been removed and the bulldozers are ready to roll in to clear the site for the third runway at Heathrow. But in truth, as Mike Toms, Oxera Director, explains, there are still many hoops to jump through before the project gets off the ground

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Sharing too much? Information exchange in the digital economy

Is an excess of information hurting competition? Although there are some well-established, economically founded principles for assessing the exchange of information between competitors, the general increase in information availability in the digital economy presents new challenges. We revisit the economic principles that can be used to understand the likely effects, both beneficial and malign, of information sharing, and how competition authorities could react to these trends

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Economic profitability in banking and the (mis)allocation of capital

Many banks make capital allocation decisions using the same profitability hurdle rate for all business units. Does that matter? We look at how this practice could lead to distortions at the business unit level, with potentially important consequences for shareholders, competitors and consumers

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David Jevons to deliver Ofcom keynote

David Jevons, Oxera partner, will deliver keynote on algorithmic pricing at Ofcom's away day based on the 2017 Agenda article on algorithmic price setting.

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Sahar Shamsi made an impact at Utility Week’s Energy Summit

A recent article by Utility Week highlighted views from Oxera Principal, Sahar Shamsi, on the evolution of energy network regulation in the UK. The following text is taken from the Utility Week website, and is used with permission. Text relating to Sahar is highlighted green below:   If one thing was clear from Utility Week’s latest Annual Energy

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National Infrastructure Commission—National Infrastructure Assessment

On Tuesday 10 July, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its first National Infrastructure Assessment. This assessment aims to take a long-term view of the needs of the UK across six sectors of the economy through a ‘long term, cross-sectoral approach’[1] and to support sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK, improve competitiveness, and

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Putting the genie back in the bottle—deposit return schemes on plastics

In March 2018 the UK government announced a plan to introduce a deposit return scheme for plastic, glass and metal drinks containers in England. Aimed at curbing pollution by stimulating recycling, the scheme will be consulted on later this year, and will bring England into line with many other EU countries that already have such schemes. From a traditional and a behavioural economics perspective, what conditions are necessary in order for these schemes to achieve the intended policy objectives?

Read More


The Heathrow third runway: what next?

Given the approval of the UK government’s National Airports Policy Statement on 5 June 2018, observers may think that the last remaining major obstacles have been removed and the bulldozers are ready to roll in to clear the site for the third runway at Heathrow. But in truth, as Mike Toms, Oxera Director, explains, there are still many hoops to jump through before the project gets off the ground

Read More


Sharing too much? Information exchange in the digital economy

Is an excess of information hurting competition? Although there are some well-established, economically founded principles for assessing the exchange of information between competitors, the general increase in information availability in the digital economy presents new challenges. We revisit the economic principles that can be used to understand the likely effects, both beneficial and malign, of information sharing, and how competition authorities could react to these trends

Read More


Economic profitability in banking and the (mis)allocation of capital

Many banks make capital allocation decisions using the same profitability hurdle rate for all business units. Does that matter? We look at how this practice could lead to distortions at the business unit level, with potentially important consequences for shareholders, competitors and consumers

Read More


David Jevons to deliver Ofcom keynote

David Jevons, Oxera partner, will deliver keynote on algorithmic pricing at Ofcom’s away day based on the 2017 Agenda article on algorithmic price setting.

Read More


Sahar Shamsi made an impact at Utility Week’s Energy Summit

A recent article by Utility Week highlighted views from Oxera Principal, Sahar Shamsi, on the evolution of energy network regulation in the UK. The following text is taken from the Utility Week website, and is used with permission. Text relating to Sahar is highlighted green below:   If one thing was clear from Utility Week’s latest Annual Energy

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National Infrastructure Commission—National Infrastructure Assessment

On Tuesday 10 July, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its first National Infrastructure Assessment. This assessment aims to take a long-term view of the needs of the UK across six sectors of the economy through a ‘long term, cross-sectoral approach’[1] and to support sustainable economic growth across all regions of the UK, improve competitiveness, and

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Oxera advises Financial Conduct Authority on strategic review of banking

On Wednesday 27 June, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published an update on its wide-ranging strategic review of the retail banking sector. Throughout this phase of the review, Oxera has advised the FCA on the use of innovative approaches to business model analysis to shine a light on the regulator’s key areas of interest. These

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