Publications in: Public Policy

Evaluation of a Sample of OFT’s Consumer Enforcement Cases

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: October, 2009
Document type:Report

This study for the Office of Fair Trading reviews the effectiveness of six past consumer protection interventions by the OFT. The project carried out six case studies and in each case it identified the sources of consumer detriment and evaluated the reduction in consumer detriment attributable to the interventions of the OFT. The six cases […]

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Road Testing of Consumer Remedies

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: July, 2009
Document type:Report

Office of Fair Trading, London, July 9, 2009.

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The Use of Needs Based Formulae in the Allocation of Public Resources

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: July, 2009
Document type:Report

This report for the Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales (the ‘Holtham Commission’) reviews the international literature on the use of needs based formulae for allocating public funds. The report provides a discussion of some of the key issues that are associated with constructing and using needs based distribution formulae and provides an […]

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The Evolution of the High-volume Retail Sector in Europe over the Past 5 Years

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: July, 2009
Document type:

This study aims to provide a complete and detailed insight of the evolution of high-volume retailers (HVR) in the food and clothing sectors in different EU Member States. The main conclusions from the analysis are the following. The number of HVR (firms with more than 5% market share) in the food sector is around 5 […]

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Review of Non-residential Social Care Charges in Wales

Subsector:Social care
Published: May, 2009
Document type:Report

A report with accompanying baseline assessment, produced by LE Wales for the Welsh Assembly Government, which provides an analysis of local authority charging for non-residential social care services and of the policy options for introducing more consistency in such charging.  

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Information Sharing in Common Agency: When is Transparency Good?

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: March, 2009
Document type:Staff publication

Maier, N. and Ottaviani, M. Journal of the European Economic Association, March 2009, Vol. 7, No. 1: 162–18

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Economic Impacts of Large Scale Infrastructure Investments – Review of International Evidence

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: November, 2008
Document type:Report

This study reviews the international literature on the economic impacts of large scale investments in both physical and intellectual infrastructure. Evidence across a range of sectors is examined, including transport, ICT, education and renewable energy.

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Evaluation of the CAP Policy on Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI)

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: November, 2008
Document type:Report

The study is based on two elements. A descriptive part provides a detailed analysis of the development of the Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) and Protected Geographical Indications (PGI) schemes over the course of the evaluation period, including the regulatory framework and the implementation mechanism underpinning the schemes. The second part of the project focuses […]

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Behavioural Economics and Experimental Economics

Subsector:Regulators and government
Published: October, 2008
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

This Economic Brief explains what behavioural and experimental economics are, giving examples of real world policy applications.

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An Evaluation of the Tradeshow Access Programme

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: September, 2008
Document type:Report

The key objectives of the evaluation were to 1) clarify the economic rationale for government support for trade fairs, and use this to determine the appropriate intervention model for TAP;  2) assess how and whether TAP meets its programme targets, for different groups (i.e. sponsors and participants) and in different markets; 3) separately determine the […]

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