Oxera had a closer look at HS2 (High Speed 2) and what can be expected from a benefit–cost ratio perspective. If constructed in full, the train line is expected to bring positive economic outcomes as well as improving rail connections between the North and South of England in the future.
On the day that northern leaders unite to back the £39bn investment in Northern Powerhouse Rail, Oxera’s analysis for Channel 4 Dispatches suggests that the scheme could offer high value for money.
On 17 January, Commissioner Vestager hosted a one-day conference on ‘Shaping competition policy in the era of digitisation’. As well as providing inputs to the conference on market power in digital, data and algorithmic competition, several members of Oxera’s team attended the event. Our reactions to the four main themes are summarised below. Competition,
Oxera is delighted to have two Agenda articles nominated for the 2019 Antitrust Writing Awards. The aim of the Antitrust Writing Awards is to promote competition scholarship and to contribute to competition advocacy. The jury contributes to this achievement by selecting the best writings published in 2018. Discover our nominated Oxera articles: Dr Gunnar
Oxera is delighted to announce that Peter Culham has joined as an Associate. Peter is an experienced regulatory and competition economist who has spent the majority of his career in the communications sector. He joined the Government Economic Service in 1979 and worked in a number of government departments, including Transport, Environment and Defence, before
Oxera is pleased to note that the Italian Competition Authority has accepted the legal and economic arguments put forward by Kedrion and Grifols regarding their joint bid for the collection of donated blood and the manufacture and supply of plasma-based drugs to Italy’s National Health Services. Pascale Déchamps, Partner, and Roberto Alimonti, Senior Consultant, advised
On 13 January 2019, Sole 24 Ore, a major Italian daily newspaper specialising in business and economic news, published an article about the impact of a government nationalisation proposal in the Italian water sector. The article describes how regulatory intervention has contributed to growth in investment levels over the last five years, and presents a
Nicole Robins, Partner and head of Oxera’s State Aid practice, was invited to be a guest editor of a special edition of the European State Aid Law Quarterly journal focused on Ex Post Monitoring and Evaluation. Nicole wrote the foreword: Ex Post State Aid Analysis: First Impressions, describing the increasing focus on ex post control
Oxera is delighted to announce that the Autorità di Regolazione dei Trasporti (Italian Transport Regulation Authority) has appointed Andrew Meaney, Partner and head of Oxera’s Transport team, Dr Leonardo Mautino, Partner and head of Oxera’s Regulation team, and Dr Srini Parthasarathy, Principal and joint head of Oxera’s Efficiency practice, as their expert economics and finance
A recent electricity price control dispute in the small island of Sark in the English Channel captured the imagination of the media, with outlets such as BBC, ITV, The Guardian, and CNN speculating that the island would have to be evacuated due to an electricity blackout.