Publications in: Competition Economics

The EU Car Market Under the New BER

Subsector:Competition, Regulation and Business
Published: July, 2006
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

This Brief summarises our report for DG Competition and reviews market developments in automotive retailing and after-sales sectors following the entry into force of the Regulation No. 1400/2002 (the Block Exemption Regulation or, simply BER), the new EC regulation covering distribution and after sales services of new motor vehicles in the EU.

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Developments in Car Retailing and After-sales Markets Under Regulation 1400/2002

Subsector:Competition, Regulation and Business
Published: June, 2006
Document type:Report

This report reviews market developments in automotive retailing and after-sales sectors following the entry into force of the Regulation No. 1400/2002 (the Block Exemption Regulation or, simply BER), the new EC regulation covering distribution and after sales services of new motor vehicles in the EU. The report focuses on the competition implications of the new […]

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Rescue and Restructuring State Aid

Subsector:State aid
Published: August, 2005
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

This Workign Paper examines the survival of companies having received rescue or restructuring State aid in the EU. The analysis is based on a newly constructed dataset on the awards of State aid that were approved individually by the Commission between 1995 and 2003.

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Securities Trading, Clearing, Central Counterparties and Settlement in EU 25 – an Overview of Current Arrangements

Subsector:Market studies
Published: June, 2005
Document type:Report

The report provides a description of the securities trading, clearing and settlement infrastructures of the cash equities and bonds markets in the 25 Member States of the EU (as of March 2005) and an assessment of the nature of the vertical agreements between the trading, clearing and settlement infrastructures.

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Ex-post Evaluation of the Impact of Rescue and Restructuring Aid on the International Competitiveness of the Sector(s) Affected by Such Aid

Subsector:Competition, Regulation and Business
Published: June, 2004
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by the European Commission – DG Enterprise to evaluate the impact of rescue and restructuring aid on the international competitiveness on the sectors affected by such aid. This ex-post evaluation focuses on the survival of companies having received rescue and/or restructuring State aid, the social and economic effects of such aid […]

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Overview of EU25 Securities Trading, Clearing, Central Counterparties, and Securities Settlement

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: February, 2004
Document type:Report

The report for the European Commission – DG Competition provides a pan-European overview of trading, clearing and central counterparties, settlement, and custody, of equity, corporate and government bonds, and the related infrastructures (exchanges, clearing institutions and central counterparties, central securities depositories and international central securities depositories at primary level and international central securities depositories and […]

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Statistical Inference in Merger Analysis

Subsector:Mergers
Published: 2004
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

In the context of merger analysis, statistical inference is often used in the guise of a hypothesis test, where the test is on whether the merger will be harmful to consumers (and/or possibly to other competitors). The aim of this Working Paper is to review the methodological choices regarding the use of statistical inference. We […]

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Assessment of Restrictions in the Supply of Professional Services

Subsector:Market studies
Published: March, 2003
Document type:Report

The London Economics/Indecon report analyses competition and restrictions in eight professions in 3 sectors: engineers and architects, medical practitioners, veterinary surgeons, dentists and optometrists in the medical sector and solicitors and barristers in the legal sector. The report notes that three types of restrictions are common across the eight professions. These are restrictions on entry […]

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Study on a Methodology for Identifying Sectors with Serious Structural Problems

Subsector:State aid
Published: December, 2002
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by DG Competition state aid II to develop a general methodology to be used by EC officials to draw up an initial “List of sectors” where serious structural problems prevail. In the report we set out an analytical framework that reviews various aspects (sales, output, employment) of an industry when the […]

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