The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) has published a study from Oxera entitled ‘Behavioural economics and its impact on competition policy: A practical assessment with illustrative examples from financial services’. Behavioural economics uses insights from psychology to explain the effects of cognitive and behavioural processes on consumer behaviour and market outcomes. Its usefulness for competition policy remains subject to intense debate.
‘Economics for Competition Lawyers’ written by Oxera experts Gunnar Niels, Helen Jenkins, and James Kavanagh has received a thorough and complimentary review from Rhodri Thompson QC in the Competition Law Journal:
Oxera contribute to the debate on regulation and competition issues faced by Scotland in the context of constitutional change
Robin Noble, Associate Director, yesterday participated in a roundtable debate on regulation and competition issues faced by Scotland at the David Hume Institute. Key issues agreed upon at the roundtable include:
‒ the requirement for clear institutional design;
‒ a need to quickly achieve the perception of stability;
‒ an acknowledgment that concurrency is not a viable option.
2013 has already been a good year for Oxera Consulting’s Competition practice. In February, Dr Helen Jenkins, Managing Director, was ranked as one of GCR’s Top 100 Women in Antitrust, and now Dr Gunnar Niels, Director, has been shortlisted for the award of GCR Economist of the Year 2013. This nomination sees Gunnar singled out as one of only five potential candidates for Economist of the Year (Helen was one of five nominated in 2012, and Gunnar in 2011).
The Global Competition Review ’s (GCR) fourth edition of Women in Antitrust profiles 100 successful women in the field of competition law.
Oxera report suggests CityFibre’s ‘anchor tenant’ approach can significantly contribute towards unlocking increased investment to achieve the UK government’s broadband targets
Next generation access networks promise a step change in broadband speeds that could be the catalyst for a range of innovative services and new communication possibilities. To deliver this, network operators will need to make large investments, laying high bandwidth fibre optic cable ever closer to users’ homes and businesses. Could an alternative model for financing ultra-fast broadband investments be a solution to deliver ‘future-proof’ infrastructure to the UK’s towns and cities?
Getting next generation access (NGA) regulation right is of crucial importance to the European telecommunications industry. ComReg—Ireland’s communications regulator—has been at the forefront of designing world-class NGA regulation, and its recently published decisions will provide a blueprint for the future. Oxera has advised ComReg throughout the process.
The House of Commons Transport Committee is conducting an inquiry into the UK’s aviation strategy. As part of this, it asked Oxera to develop a set of questions for the Committee to use to probe the evidence put forward by witnesses.
Oxera Consulting is delighted to welcome Anthony Julius, Deputy Chairman of Mishcon de Reya, to its Board as Non-executive Director.