Why is price gouging seen as unfair?

Prices of consumer goods can change considerably in times of crisis. During the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, we’d like to share our thoughts on why consumers see some price rises as unfair.   Social media has lit up over the last month with stories of hand sanitiser being sold online for many multiples of its

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Why are people panic buying?

In times of crisis, consumers quickly change their behaviour as they attempt to adapt to unfolding situations. During this rapidly evolving event, we'd like to share our thoughts on what is driving people to change their behaviour and consider how businesses can respond.

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CBb reverses ACM’s finding of joint dominance by KPN and VodafoneZiggo

Oxera advises VodafoneZiggo, leading to a successful appeal of the 2018 decision by the ACM in the Dutch broadband market, which means that both KPN and VodafoneZiggo are no longer obliged by regulation to open up their networks to competitors. The CBb cited Oxera’s ‘game theory’ analysis in reaching its decision.

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COVID-19 update from Oxera

Oxera is committed to protecting the welfare of our colleagues, our clients, and the communities in which we live. Behaving responsibly is at the core of everything we do, and at the core of our relationships; that’s why we’ve taken important measures to protect the people we work with and to help prevent the spread

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The UK Competition and Markets Authority clears Bottomline Technologies/Experian Merger

In August, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) began an investigation into the acquisition by Bottomline Technologies of the Experian Payment Gateway (EPG) business. Following an-depth review, the CMA has fully cleared the merger without the need for divesture or other commitments from Bottomline. Oxera advised Bottomline Technologies during the CMA’s review of its

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Victory for Valencia CF as the European Commission’s state aid decision is annulled

The General Court has annulled the European Commission’s decision that Valencia Club de Fútbol (Valencia CF) received over €20m in unlawful state aid. Oxera undertook the financial analysis that supported Valencia CF’s appeal to the General Court, and which underpinned the annulment of the European Commission’s decision. In 2016, the European Commission concluded that Spain

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Orlando Milford appointed as Principal

We are delighted to announce that Orlando Milford has become a Principal. Orlando started working with Oxera in September 2015, and has since dedicated his efforts to improving our technology infrastructure. He has been key in implementing and driving value from our investment in NetSuite. Orlando will be leading the IT team, focusing on improving

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Why is price gouging seen as unfair?

Prices of consumer goods can change considerably in times of crisis. During the rapidly evolving coronavirus pandemic, we’d like to share our thoughts on why consumers see some price rises as unfair.   Social media has lit up over the last month with stories of hand sanitiser being sold online for many multiples of its

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Why are people panic buying?

In times of crisis, consumers quickly change their behaviour as they attempt to adapt to unfolding situations. During this rapidly evolving event, we’d like to share our thoughts on what is driving people to change their behaviour and consider how businesses can respond.

Read More


CBb reverses ACM’s finding of joint dominance by KPN and VodafoneZiggo

Oxera advises VodafoneZiggo, leading to a successful appeal of the 2018 decision by the ACM in the Dutch broadband market, which means that both KPN and VodafoneZiggo are no longer obliged by regulation to open up their networks to competitors. The CBb cited Oxera’s ‘game theory’ analysis in reaching its decision.

Read More


COVID-19 update from Oxera

Oxera is committed to protecting the welfare of our colleagues, our clients, and the communities in which we live. Behaving responsibly is at the core of everything we do, and at the core of our relationships; that’s why we’ve taken important measures to protect the people we work with and to help prevent the spread

Read More


The UK Competition and Markets Authority clears Bottomline Technologies/Experian Merger

In August, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) began an investigation into the acquisition by Bottomline Technologies of the Experian Payment Gateway (EPG) business. Following an-depth review, the CMA has fully cleared the merger without the need for divesture or other commitments from Bottomline. Oxera advised Bottomline Technologies during the CMA’s review of its

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Victory for Valencia CF as the European Commission’s state aid decision is annulled

The General Court has annulled the European Commission’s decision that Valencia Club de Fútbol (Valencia CF) received over €20m in unlawful state aid. Oxera undertook the financial analysis that supported Valencia CF’s appeal to the General Court, and which underpinned the annulment of the European Commission’s decision. In 2016, the European Commission concluded that Spain

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Orlando Milford appointed as Principal

We are delighted to announce that Orlando Milford has become a Principal. Orlando started working with Oxera in September 2015, and has since dedicated his efforts to improving our technology infrastructure. He has been key in implementing and driving value from our investment in NetSuite. Orlando will be leading the IT team, focusing on improving

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The competitive landscape for payments: a European perspective

The competitive landscape for retail payments in Europe is in a period of considerable upheaval. This is due to entry by new providers (for example, digital wallets, credit-transfer-based payment methods, cryptocurrencies and peer-to-peer services), technological changes that have increased the importance of e-commerce (for instance, mobile payments technology), and regulatory initiatives.

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The Heathrow judgment: implications for new infrastructure schemes

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the UK government’s decision to provide policy support for a new runway at Heathrow was unlawful on environmental grounds (specifically, a failure by the government to consider the Paris Agreement). There has been speculation about what this means for other new infrastructure projects, which could be subject to challenge. From an economics perspective then, what are the key implications for evidencing the case for new infrastructure?

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