Tag Archives: qualitative analysis

The Economic, Social and Cultural Impact of the University of Birmingham – March 2017

Sector:Education.
Client:University of Birmingham
Published:09 March, 2017
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the University of Birmingham to undertake an analysis of the university’s economic, social and cultural impact. The study considered the economic impact of teaching and learning, research activities, educational exports, as well as the direct, indirect and induced impact generated by the university and its students throughout the local, regional […]

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Facilitating Cross Border Data Flow in the Digital Single Market – January 2017

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:EC DG Connect
Published:10 January, 2017
Document type:Report

Unnecessary requirements to maintain control over the location where data and documents physically reside are an obstacle to the free flow of data within the Single Market. LE investigated the restrictions to the free flow of data across borders within the European Union, concentrating on 8 member states. The study found that legal restrictions of […]

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Development of the Scottish Space Industry – December 2016

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:Scottish Enterprise
Published:1 December, 2016
Document type:

Scottish Enterprise commissioned London Economics to support their work to develop the Scottish space industry. The objective of the study was to answer two key questions: Where is the Scottish space economy at present: in an absolute sense; and in comparison with the UK and global space economy? Where could, and should, the Scottish space […]

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The Economic and Social Impact of Cardiff University in 2014-15 – Press Release – November 2016

Sector:Education.
Client:Cardiff University
Published:28 November, 2016
Document type:

London Economics were commissioned by Cardiff University to undertake an analysis of the university’s economic and social impact. The Press Release issued by Cardiff University can be accessed on the link above.

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The Economic and Social Impact of Cardiff University in 2014-15 – Full Report – November 2016

Sector:Education.
Client:Cardiff University
Published:28 November, 2016
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by Cardiff University to undertake an analysis of the university’s economic and social impact. The full report assessing the economic impact of teaching and learning, research, education exports, and the direct, indirect and induced impact generated by Cardiff University can be accessed on the link above.

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Consumer Vulnerability Across Key Markets in the EU: Animated Infographic – November 2016

Sector:
Client:EC DG Justice and Consumers
Published:21 November, 2016
Document type:Presentation

Following the publication of London Economics’ study into consumer vulnerability across the EU for DG Justice and Consumers, the European Commission has released an animated infographic which presents the key findings of the study, including the varying impact of vulnerability drivers across key markets.

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Impact of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) on the Access to Finance for Business and Long-term Investments – November 2016

Sector:
Client:EC DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA)
Published:23 November, 2016
Document type:Report

The Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) considerably strengthens the quantity and quality of the minimum capital that banks in Europe are required to hold. This study assesses whether increased minimum capital requirements, through observed changes in banks’ regulatory capital ratios, impact bank lending using data on a broad sample of banks in Europe, including for the […]

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IPID Consumer Testing and Design Work – August 2016

Sector:
Client:European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA)
Published:01 August, 2016
Document type:Report

EIOPA commissioned a consortium consisting of LE Europe, Ipsos MORI and Academy Design Partners to undertake consumer testing on the design of a standardised presentation format of an Insurance Product Information Document (IPID). The findings of the consumer testing, as presented in this report, were intended to assist EIOPA to reach a view on the […]

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The Danish Space Economy 2016 – June 2016

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:Danish Agency for Science and Innovation
Published:23 June, 2016
Document type:Report

The Danish Government commissioned London Economics and Rambøll Management Consulting to support their work to develop Denmark’s first National Space Strategy. This report was the outcome of this work. It helped bridge the gap in the government’s understanding of the downstream space sector and provided the working group on the Government’s Space Strategy the supporting […]

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Analysis and Effects of the Different Member States’ Customs Sanctioning Systems – February 2016

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:European Parliament
Published:17 February, 2016
Document type:Report

The Study provides an analysis of the effects of the present divergence of the customs sanctioning systems of the Member States of the EU, as well as of the proposal of the European Commission for a Directive to harmonise the customs infringements and sanctions. A number of conclusions and recommendations on the preferred model for […]

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The Economic and Societal Benefits Deriving from the Presence of Hyundai in Europe – January 2016

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Hyundai Motor Company
Published:13 January, 2016
Document type:Report

LE’s new report on the economic and societal impact of the presence of Hyundai in Europe underlines the increased number of jobs attributed to the carmaker’s European operations. Including those employed directly at Hyundai facilities or indirectly in the supply chain, sales and distribution, some 155,000 people owe their jobs to Hyundai Motor, compared to […]

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The Economic and Societal Benefits Deriving from the Presence of Kia in Europe – January 2016

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Hyundai Motor Company
Published:13 January, 2016
Document type:Report

LE’s new report on the economic and societal impact of the presence of Kia in Europe finds that over 153,000 people owe their jobs to Kia’s business operations across the continent. Including customs duties, sales and corporation taxes, the report highlights Kia’s contribution of €934 million in taxes paid to governments across Europe during 2014, […]

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The Economic and Societal Benefits Deriving from the Presence of Hyundai and Kia in Europe – January 2016

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Hyundai Motor Company
Published:13 January, 2016
Document type:Report

The report finds that over 308,000 people owe their jobs to the Hyundai and Kia business operations across the continent. The workforce employed directly by Hyundai and Kia and supported by their operations in the upstream and downstream markets consists of 78,000 individuals. In addition, 230,000 European workers are employed due to demand induced by […]

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Return from Public Space Investments: An Initial Analysis of Evidence – November 2015

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:UK Space Agency
Published:12 November, 2015
Document type:Report

To support the ongoing development of an evidence-based framework for evaluation and appraisal of their funding and activities, the UK Space Agency commissioned London Economics to conduct an assessment of the evidence on the returns to public investments in the space sector. This report presents the findings of this exercise. Note: Some confidential information obtained […]

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AmCham EU Agenda for Action Scorecard 2015 – November 2015

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU)
Published:17 November, 2015
Document type:

LE updated the KPIs for the AmCham EU ‘Agenda for Action Scorecard 2015’. The scorecard uses Agenda for Action’s five key policy action areas (skills, single market, industrial leadership, entrepreneurship & internationalisation) to measure Europe’s performance over time. The performance of each action area is measured by five indicators, both quantitative and qualitative. For each […]

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Evaluation of the Impact and Cost-effectiveness of UKTI’s Support for Events – November 2015

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:UK Trade & Investment
Published:03 November, 2015
Document type:Report

UKTI’s Events programme consists of wide range of support activities, including lectures and workshops on specific industries/markets, overseas market visits, meetings and networking opportunities with business delegations, etc. The project assessed the net financial benefit of the programme, wider qualitative benefits accruing to participating businesses, and participants’ willingness to pay for attending events. The evidence […]

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An Assessment of Open to Export – November 2015

Sector:
Client:UK Trade & Investment
Published:03 November, 2015
Document type:Report

LE evaluated the impact of Open to Export, a website supported by UK Trade & Investment that functions as an electronic intermediary, connecting businesses with other businesses, organisations and official sources of information and assistance, including UK Trade & Investment. The study collected information through interviews with six selected “service providers” and a structured telephone […]

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Satellite Technologies in UK Agriculture – November 2015

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:UK Space Agency
Published: November, 2015
Document type:Report

A Pathfinder study funded under the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP) The need for sustainable, efficient and cost-effective methods of farming has never been more pressing. As the global population continues to rise, the challenge to meet global food demands in a sustainable manner is becoming increasingly important. At the same time, farmers are being […]

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Google Lunar XPRIZE Market Study 2014: Media Summary – August 2015

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:XPRIZE Foundation
Published: August, 2015
Document type:Report

This follow‐on study completed by London Economics on behalf of the XPRIZE Foundation builds on the insights developed through the Google Lunar XPRIZE Market Study 2013, digging deeper into the consolidated quantitative market demand and opportunity valuations, providing an updated, improved and more in‐depth analysis of the market opportunities addressable by teams competing in the […]

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The Case for Space 2015 – July 2015

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:Innovate UK, the Satellite Applications Catapult, UKspace trade association and the UK Space Agency
Published:14 July, 2015
Document type:Report

The UK space industry’s annual value grew to £11.8 billion in 2012-13, having grown at an average compound rate of 8.6% year-on-year since 2008-09, with a productivity some 3 times the UK average, according to The Case for Space 2015 report produced by London Economics and launched 14th July at the UK Space Conference. The […]

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UK Space Conference 2015: ‘The Space Value-chain Explained’

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:N/A
Published:23 July, 2015
Document type:Presentation

Liverpool, Tuesday 14th July – Greg Sadlier, Head of the Space team at London Economics, presented on ‘The space value-chain explained’ during the Opportunities for Business session at the UK Space Conference 2015. The slides introduce the definitions, value chain and some key findings of our report ‘The Case for Space 2015’, which was launched […]

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Media Coverage: ‘The Case for Space 2015’ – July 2015

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:UK Space Agency
Published:23 July, 2015
Document type:

FT Video: UK space start-ups take off Jul 17, 2015: Peggy Hollinger looks at the booming UK space industry and meets companies making the next generation of propulsion engines and satellites. http://video.ft.com/4360019278001/UK-space-start-ups-take-off/Companies   FT: UK eager to claim its share at the final frontier Jul 17, 2015: Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cfc0c360-2c1a-11e5-acfb-cbd2e1c81cca.html#axzz3gipoAvId   FT: UK […]

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The Death of the Saturday Job – June 2015

Sector:Education.
Client:UK Commission for Employment and Skills
Published: June, 2015
Document type:Report

Read London Economics’ report for the UK Commission of Employment and Skills on the extent of young people combining work with study.

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Assessing the Impact of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) on the Access to Finance for Business and Long-term Investments – June 2015

Sector:
Client:EC DG for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union (FISMA)
Published: June, 2015
Document type:Note

LE Europe has been appointed by the European Commission to assess the impact of the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) on the access to finance for business and long-term investments, including infrastructure projects. On the impact of the CRR on infrastructure financing particularly, Graham Bishop, a consultant on EU financial matters, will advise on the importance […]

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Economic Analysis of Business Models for Open Access Monographs – January 2015

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Higher Education Funding Council for England, HEFCE
Published:22 January, 2015
Document type:Report

The report looks at existing and emerging business models for open-access publishing of scholarly monographs (including scholarly editions, edited volumes and catalogues). A typology of business models is developed based on institutional setup, incentives for the participating parties and revenue sources. The analysis is informed by theoretical considerations and interviews with publishers and academics in […]

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Consumer Protection Aspects of Financial Services – October 2014

Sector:
Client:European Parliament
Published:07 October, 2014
Document type:Presentation

The presentation provides a high level summary of the key findings, conclusions and recommendations of the study published by the European Parliament in February 2014.

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The Size & Health of the UK Space Industry 2014 – October 2014

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:UK Space Agency
Published:09 October, 2014
Document type:Report

Since 1992, the UK Space Agency has been periodically surveying the UK space sector, and places a great deal of emphasis on the results of this study as a measure of industry performance. The UK Space Agency contracted London Economics to conduct the 2014 edition, covering the years 2011/12 and 2012/13. The objectives of the […]

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Metrics and Models Used to Assess Company and Investment Performance – October 2014

Sector:Finance.
Client:Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Published:27 October, 2014
Document type:

The Kay Review found that the growth of intermediation and principal-agent relationships in the investment chain have led to an increased reliance on metrics and models to measure performance of companies and investment portfolios. Professor Kay argued that these measurements may be inherently unsuitable for investors with long-term investment horizons, and suggested that the presence […]

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Scaling Up Solutions to Social Care – October 2014

Sector:
Client:Big Society Capital
Published:30 October, 2014
Document type:

The UK is facing a funding crisis in social care for older people. Demographic changes mean that between 2010 and 2022 the population of people aged 65 and over is expected to grow by 27% and the number of people aged 85 and over is projected to grow by 44%. Research suggests that, just to […]

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Projects Fit for Purpose: Delivering More with Less in the Public Sector – September 2014

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Project Management Institute
Published:08 September, 2014
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Project Management Institute (PMI) to conduct an exploratory study of success factors in public sector project and programme management in the United Kingdom. The study forms part of PMI’s ongoing effort to understand what works in project management globally and to make these insights available to policymakers, project managers […]

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Cheating Risk from Online Essays – September 2014

Sector:Education.
Client:Ofqual
Published: September, 2014
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by Ofqual to undertake a mystery shopping exercise of ‘student support’ services available online. To undertake the independent research, London Economics engaged with a number of online companies who offer to write essays for students. The commissioned essays were passed on to experts at Ofqual for subsequent marking, which demonstrated that, […]

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Consumer Protection Aspects of Financial Services

Sector:
Client:European Parliament
Published:10 February, 2014
Document type:Report

The financial crisis of 2007/2008 has clearly shown that inadequate consumer protection, especially in the US mortgage market, was a major contributor to financial instability. Moreover, many holders of sub-prime mortgages suffered considerable harm as a result of mis-selling or inappropriate selling. However, the USA is not the only country where weak consumer protection resulted […]

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New Specialist Sources of Capital for the Social Investment Market – April 2014

Sector:
Client:Social Investment Research Council
Published:14 February, 2014
Document type:Report

This study, conducted jointly with The Social Investment Consultancy, examines potential sources of capital for the social investment market among eight previously under-researched institutional investor groups. It identifies two sets of opportunities for the UK’s growing investment market: –  risk finance capital to support UK social sector organisations, estimated at circa £500m; and –  a […]

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The Cost of Non-Europe: the Untapped Potential of the European Single Market

Sector:
Client:European Commission – Bureau of European Policy Advisors (BEPA)
Published: October, 2013
Document type:Report

While the growth-creating potential of the Single Market has long been recognised, evidence on the remaining untapped potential of the Single Market (where such potential lies, how much additional growth it could deliver, and which policy measures would help unlock it) was largely missing. London Economics, in association with PwC, were commissioned by the European […]

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Google Lunar XPRIZE Market Study 2013: Media Summary

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:XPRIZE Foundation
Published: October, 2013
Document type:Report

A recent Market Study completed by London Economics on behalf of the XPRIZE Foundation estimates the value of the overall commercial market opportunities addressable by Google Lunar XPRIZE teams to be between US$1.1-2.7 billion in the 10 years directly following the competition (and US$ 3.1-9.7 billion over the 25 year longer term) in a newly […]

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The Impact of a Financial Transaction Tax on Corporate and Sovereign Debt

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: April, 2013
Document type:Report

Commissioned on behalf of the International Regulatory Strategy Group and authored by London Economics, this paper examines the impact of the European Commission’s proposed financial transaction tax (FTT) on corporate and sovereign debt markets. The research quantifies the additional cost the FTT is likely to impose on corporates and sovereigns using debt security markets to […]

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The Impact of the EU Financial Transactions Tax on the Real Economy – Analysis of the Impact on Corporate and Sovereign Bonds

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: April, 2013
Document type:Staff publication

This Financial services and capital markets briefs highlights the significance of the proposed EU financial transactions tax (FTT) to the real economy. The FTT rates are small – 0.1% on equities and bonds and 0.01% on derivatives. However, the associated total tax burden may be significant through a number‐of‐transactions effect (as securities are traded frequently) […]

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Research on EU Product Labelling

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:N/A
Published: December, 2012
Document type:Report

This study by London Economics, Ipsos MORI and AEA investigated the possibility of creating a product label which provides consumers with information about the environmental lifecycle performance of products (televisions, washing machines and light bulbs). The information may be added to the current EU Energy Efficiency label. Pan-European behavioural experiments  were used in conjunction with […]

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Socio-economic Impacts – Evaluation of Norwegian Space Programs (with PwC)

Sector:Aerospace.
Client:Ministry of Trade and Industry (Norway)
Published:5 July, 2012
Document type:Report

An independent socio-economic impact assessment of Norway’s participation in the European Space Agency (ESA) and National Support Funds. Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) was employed based on EC impact assessment guidelines, established economic principles and international best practice (e.g. UK government HM Treasury’s Green Book). Quantified additive benefits comprise wages/salaries (income tax, value added tax, retailer sales […]

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Assessing the Deadweight Loss and Additionality Associated with Public Investment in Education and Skills

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: May, 2012
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to undertake an analysis aimed at improving the current assessment of deadweight loss in the Further Education and Skills arena, where deadweight loss is defined as the extent to which government-funded training generates outcomes that are not additional to what would have occurred […]

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The Impact of Investment in Intangible Assets on Productivity Spillovers

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: May, 2012
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to conduct a literature review of the evidence regarding the impact of investment in intangible assets on productivity spillovers. The review provides a summary of the theory underpinning the concepts of intangible assets, their measurement, as well as the theory of spillovers. We […]

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Estimating the Impact of Training on Productivity Using Firm-level Data

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: May, 2012
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake an assessment of the impact of publicly funded training on firm-level productivity. Firm-level analysis has traditionally been hampered by a lack of reliable and comprehensive data. For the first time in the UK, a matched employer-employee dataset with information on government […]

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Estimating the Impact of Wind Generation on Balancing Costs in the GB Electricity Markets

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:N/A
Published: May, 2012
Document type:Staff publication

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Debt Advice in the UK

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: February, 2012
Document type:Report

This study describes the current debt landscape in the UK and highlights information gaps for further exploration. It consists of a comprehensive review of existing debt advice literature and research materials, supplemented by consultation with a wide range of stakeholders.

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The Impact of Competition Interventions on Compliance and Deterrence

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Office of Fair Trading
Published: December, 2011
Document type:Report

The research, which consisted of a survey of more than 500 large companies and 300 SMEs, as well as a small survey of specialist competition advisers in legal firms, estimates that for each abuse of dominance case, 12 potential infringements are deterred; for each cartel case, 28 potential infringements are deterred and for each commercial […]

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Impacts of DLA on Working Age People in Wales

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
Published: November, 2011
Document type:Report

The UK Government is currently in the process of introducing reforms to Disability Living Allowance (DLA). DLA will be replaced by a similar benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP). This study for the Welsh Government aims to assess the potential impacts of the change as they relate to working age adults in Wales. It first […]

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Impacts of AA and DLA on Older People in Wales

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
Published: November, 2011
Document type:Report

This study draws on official data sources and on stakeholder consultations to review the current take‐up and use of income from two disability related benefits – Attendance Allowance (AA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) – and explores links with the demand for social care.  The research then uses this information to develop projections of the […]

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Economic Benefits of an Internet Domain for Wales

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Nominet
Published: November, 2011
Document type:Report

The report forms part of a 2-part study focused on the potential economic benefits that would arise from the introduction of sub-national, geographically specific top-level domains (“geo-TLDs”) in London and Wales. The study explores the transmission channels for possible economic costs and benefits based on a review of current research, a consultation with industry associations, […]

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Evaluation of Commercial Services Provided by UKTI Overseas Posts

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Hong Kong Communications Authority
Published: October, 2011
Document type:Report

The study investigates 1) the scope for increased cost recovery from the services in support of UK-based exporters offered by UKTI’s overseas posts and 2) the structure of the market for these services, including the existence of synergies between UKTI’s overseas posts and other providers of services to UK exporters, such as consultants, business associations, […]

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Review of Company Surveys of Consumer Willingness to Pay to Reduce the Impacts of Transmission Infrastructure on Visual Amenity

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:N/A
Published: October, 2011
Document type:Report

In the context of potential measures to reduce the visual amenity impacts of existing transmission infrastructure, this London Economics study for Ofgem provides a critical review of willingness to pay evidence provided to Ofgem by the transmission operators. The first step of the review involved determining a current best practice model for WTP studies assessing […]

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Consumer Behaviour in a Digital Environment

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: August, 2011
Document type:Report

In a study for the European Parliament, London Economics has analysed the extent to which digital opportunities impact on consumer behaviour and the interaction between consumers and businesses. At issue is how consumers benefit from the digital environment and whether and how they change their purchasing strategies. E-developments and firm behaviour that impact on consumer […]

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The Economics of Cartels: Incentives, Sanctions, Stability, and Effects

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:N/A
Published: July, 2011
Document type:Presentation | Staff publication

Damgaard, M.T., Ramada, P., Conlon, G. and Godel, M. Journal of European Competition Law & Practice, doi: 10.1093/jeclap/lpr041

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Estimating the Value of Educational Exports for the UK

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: June, 2011
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake a detailed assessment of the value of educational exports to the United Kingdom economy. The analysis consisted of an assessment of the value of higher education tuition fee and non tuition fee expenditure along with the value of research grants and […]

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A Feasibility Study Estimating the Value of Educational Imports from the UK

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: June, 2011
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake a detailed assessment of the value of educational imports from the United Kingdom economy. Where possible, the analysis consisted of an assessment of the value of higher education tuition fee and non tuition fee expenditure along with the value of research […]

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Merger Control: Defending a Problematic Merger

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Presentation
Published: June, 2011
Document type:Presentation | Staff publication

Conference on Competition Law in Transition: Trends and Challenges, 15—17 June 2011, Dubrovnik.

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Reform in the Australian Urban Water Sector: the Productivity Commission Inquiry

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Economic Brief
Published: April, 2011
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

This Economic Brief by London Economics, reviews the interim report of the Australian Productivity Commission inquiry into the urban water sector in Australia and compares their propoals for water reform with the reform proposals being debated in the UK.

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Review of Respite Care in Wales

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
Published: March, 2011
Document type:Report

This review for the Welsh Assembly Government presents data on the volume and spend on publicly funded respite care services in Wales for both adults and children/young people, reports on consultations with carers, and makes a number of policy recommendations to the Welsh Assembly Government. The recommendations form the basis of a public consultation by […]

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The Nature and Impact of Hardcore Cartels

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Danish Competition and Consumer Authority
Published: January, 2011
Document type:Report

This study analyses the nature and impact of hardcore cartels and other economic crimes based on a review of relevant academic literature. The study was commissioned by the Danish Competition and Consumer Authority and its findings feed into work being undertaken by a committee set up by the Danish Government with a mandate to assess […]

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The Functioning of Retail Electricity Markets in the European Union

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:EC DG SANCO
Published: November, 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics, in cooperation with Ipsos, IBF Consulting and CRIOC, were commissioned by the EC DG Health and Consumers (SANCO) to examine the functioning of retail electricity markets in the European Union. Based on consumer surveys, stakeholder surveys and mystery shopping exercises carried out in the 27 Member States, the study shows that, although consumers […]

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Fostering Allowances and a Fees Framework for Foster Carers in Wales

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
Published: October, 2010
Document type:Report

This research, by LE Wales and the Hadley Centre for Adoption and Foster Care Studies, was commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government. The aim of the research was to provide a more defined methodology to estimate the costs to foster parents of bringing up a fostered child to be used as a basis for setting […]

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Review of Student Support Arrangements in Other Countries

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: September, 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills to undertake a detailed information gathering exercise and analysis ahead of the Browner Review of higher education fees and funding Review. The analysis involved the collection of detailed information on the structure of student support arrangements for full and part time students in […]

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Consumer Switching Experimental Economics Research

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:N/A
Published: September, 2010
Document type:Report

This study completed for Ofcom reports the results of an economic experiment that investigates different features of switching processes for consumers in the market for communication services. The economic experiment tests the impact of two main forms of switching process, Gaining Provider Led Processes (GPLPs) and Losing Provider Led Processes (LPLPs) on a set of […]

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Economic and Social Impact of Software and Software-based Services (SSBS)

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:EC DG Information Society
Published: August, 2010
Document type:Report

The study evaluates the potential economic and social impact of software-based services in the EU and identifies the drivers of growth and competitiveness of the sector, the current barriers limiting the sector’s development, the policy actions needed to remove those barriers, and the economic and social impact of such actions.  

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Evaluation of UK Trade & Investment’s Global Entrepreneur Programme

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:UK Trade & Investment
Published: July, 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by UKT Trade & Investment to evaluate its Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP). The GEP is underpinned by the view that entrepreneurs look beyond national borders for the most attractive sources of capital, talent, guidance and access to markets. The key objectives of the programme include attracting entrepreneur led, early stage high […]

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Study on the Economic Benefits of Privacy-enhancing Technologies (PETs)

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:EC DG Freedom, Security and Justice
Published: July, 2010
Document type:Report

This report for the European Commission’s DG Freedom, Security and Justice investigates the economic benefits of privacy-enhancing technologies (PETs) for data controllers, with a particular focus on SMEs. Based on consultations with data protection authorities in 12 Member States, as well as on a large-scale survey of businesses and a number of case studies detailing […]

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Competition in Upstream Sewage and Sludge Markets

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Ofwat
Published: March, 2010
Document type:Report

This research provides Ofwat with an independent assessment of the level of ‘in-the-market’ competition that already exists in the upstream sewage and sludge sector in England and Wales; an assessment of the scope for increasing competition in the sewage and sludge markets; and some options for further developing upstream competition in sewage and sludge markets.

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Using Experiments in Consumer Research

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:N/A
Published: March, 2010
Document type:Report

Ofcom has published the report “Using experiments in consumer research” by London Economics. The work informs Ofcom about how behavioural and experimental economics can assist regulators in understanding consumer behaviour. The research implemented a controlled economic experiment which considered a number of options for improving the understanding of consumers when choosing telecommunication services funded through […]

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Stability, Competition and Crisis – What Are the Implications for Switching?

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: March, 2010
Document type:Presentation

CECI Seminar on Switching in Banking, Budapest, March 8-9, 2010.

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An Independent Review of the Evidence Base for UKTI’s Support for Firms in High Growth Markets

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:UK Trade & Investment
Published: February, 2010
Document type:Report

A study undertaken to review the rationale for supporting UK firms into high growth markets, incorporating an impact evaluation of UKTI’s pilot High Growth Market Programme.

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Review of the Customer Experience in the Employment and Skills System

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: 2010
Document type:Report

As part of its work on reviewing the employment and skills system from the perspective of the individual user, the UKCES has commissioned a literature review of the customer experience. The aim of this research is to review and analyse the available academic and publicly available research evidence and literature that details individuals’ experience of […]

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Evaluation of the Impact of the HM Prison Service Enhanced Thinking Skills Programme on Reoffending Outcomes of the Surveying Prisoner Crime Reduction (SPCR) Sample

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Ministry of Justice (UK)
Published: 2010
Document type:Report

London Economics undertook an evaluation of the impact of a cognitive-behavioural offending behaviour programme (Enhanced Thinking Skills, or ETS) on the reconviction outcomes of treated prisoners. By combining new data collected as part of the SPCR survey and existing management information for the first time, the causal treatment effect (average treatment effect on the treated, […]

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An Assessment of the UK Discretionary Penalties Regime

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Office of Fair Trading
Published: October, 2009
Document type:Report

In this published report by the OFT, London Economics studies the efficacy of the UK discretionary penalty regime. The study benchmarks the OFT regime against other main jurisdictions and frames it within the theoretical debate on the determinants of an ‘optimal’ penalties regime. The report informs this question by analysing the academic literature and providing […]

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

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales
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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Road Testing of Consumer Remedies

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:N/A
Published: July, 2009
Document type:Report

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

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An Exploratory Study into the Effect of a Change in Business Ownership on Employment and Wages

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: June, 2009
Document type:Report

The main aim of this exploratory study is to draw together economic evidence relating to the effect of a change in business ownership upon a range of firm outcomes; with particular focus on employment and wage impacts. The study presents data on changes in business ownership for Wales in comparison to nine other European regions […]

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Review of Non-residential Social Care Charges in Wales

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
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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Innovation in the Water Industry in England and Wales

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs
Published: February, 2009
Document type:Report

As part of the independent Cave Review of competition and innovation in water markets, London Economics undertook a benchmarking exercise of innovation across all water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. The work also provides international comparisons of innovation,, and assesses the barriers to innovation and how these may be addressed.  

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The Theory and Practice of Setting the X-factor in Postal Pricing

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Working Paper
Published: 2009
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

This London Economics Working Paper reviews the theory and practice of setting the X-factor in postal price regulation.

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

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:N/A
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)

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:EC DG Agriculture
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

Sector:Behavioural.
Client:LE Economic Brief
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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Impact Evaluation of the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP)

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:UK Trade & Investment
Published: September, 2008
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned in August 2007 to undertake an impact evaluation of the Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP). The evaluation research involved a firm survey, a stakeholder consultation and a detailed quantitative and econometric analysis of programme impact and additionality. These research strands were then used to formulate a benefit-cost analysis, identify an economic rationale […]

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Study on the Role and Regulation of Non-credit Institutions in EU Mortgage Markets

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: September, 2008
Document type:Report

This study analyses non-credit institutions in EU Member State mortgage markets. The study identifies Member States where non-credit institutions are allowed to provide mortgage credit; provides information on the regulation and supervision of these undertakings; the funding techniques non-credit institutions are allowed to use; the size of the mortgage lending activities of non-credit institutions, both […]

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Development of an Approach to Distributing Supporting People Monies to Local Authority Areas

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
Published: September, 2008
Document type:Report

LE Wales were commissioned by the Welsh Assembly Government to examine the feasibility of introducing a formula-based mechanism for the distribution of Supporting People funds to local authorities. There was no presumption that such a mechanism was feasible and the intention was that any such mechanism should reflect the distribution of ‘need’ for housing-related support […]

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Analysis of the Regulatory Environment Facing the Owners of London Heathrow

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:London First
Published: June, 2008
Document type:Report

London Economics recently completed an analysis of the regulatory environment facing the owners of London Heathrow on behalf of London First. The report was launched by the Secretary of State for Transport – Ruth Kelly – on the 25th June 2008.

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Exclusive Contracts: Theory and Practice

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Working Paper
Published: May, 2008
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

Exclusive contracts between two parties may be of concern for competition policy as they can be used to restrict the extent of competition in markets. In this note we briefly review the economic literature on the various effects of exclusive contracts and also illustrate with a real-world example how the relevant theory can be applied […]

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Interim Evaluation of Welsh Medium Teaching Schemes

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: April, 2008
Document type:Report

This interim evaluation was undertaken by LE Wales and Dateb for the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW). The main objective was to assess the extent to which the Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme and the Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship Scheme had been successful to date and to identify any lessons about their operation that might be […]

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An Analysis of Higher Education Student Finance Regimes in the United Kingdom

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: November, 2007
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by Million+ to undertake an analysis of higher education funding and student funding regimes ahead of the parliamentary review taking place in 2009. The analysis involved modelling the current student support arrangements in relation to HEFCE resource allocation and current student support arrangements (maintenance grants and loans and tuition fees and […]

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Increasing Early Settlement Charges for Personal Loans by OTP-Bank Hungary – Abuse of Dominant Position or a Rational Business Response to a Demand Shock

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Presentation
Published: November, 2007
Document type:

5th Annual Conference of the Association of Competition Economists (ACE), Toulouse, November 2007.

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A Review of Costs and Benefits Associated with Parenting Interventions

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: October, 2007
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned to undertake a full scale review of the UK and international evidence relating to the costs and benefits of parenting interventions. This piece of analysis aims at separating out the impact or parenting characteristics and parenting interventions on child outcomes and was a crucial piece of evidence for policymakers in the […]

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IBPT Decision on the Approach to the Regulation of Price Squeeze in Telecommunications Markets

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Institut Belge de Poste et Telecommunications
Published: July, 2007
Document type:Report

London Economics assisted the Institut Belge de Poste et Telecommunications with the development of IBPT’s guidelines on its approach to the regulation of price squeeze in telecommunications markets. LE, working with legal advisors McDermott Will & Emery/Stanbrook LLP, advised on regulatory practices in other countries, on the appropriate structure of the test and on the […]

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Review of Statistical Planning Issues Underlying Welsh Medium Initial Teacher Training

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: March, 2007
Document type:Report

LE Wales advised the Welsh Assembly Government on an approach to modelling the supply and demand of initial teacher training (ITT) places for Welsh medium teachers as a contribution to the Assembly Government’s work on ITT intake planning. We also advised on appropriate data sources and on a definition of what constitutes a Welsh medium […]

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The Economic Benefits of a Degree

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: February, 2007
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned by Universities UK in association with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP to undertake a review of the economic evidence relating to the benefits of higher education qualification attainment. The report illustrated the significant benefits from undertaking a degree; the variation of economic outcomes depending on a number of factors; as well as the likely […]

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International Case Studies of the Commercial Use of Public Information

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Office of Fair Trading
Published: December, 2006
Document type:Report

This report, undertaken for the OFT as part of its market study into the commercial use of public information, provides background information on the general public sector information policy of Australia, Sweden and the United States and examines in detail the policies and practices of three different Public Sector Information Holders (PSIH) in each country, […]

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Incentive Proposals for Quality of Service Measures in Finnish Electricity Distribution

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:EMV
Published: November, 2006
Document type:Report

This report, prepared for the Energy Market Authority of Finland (EMV) reviews how customer quality of service be regulated and recommends that the regulation include some form of incentives that result in rewards or penalties if measured targets are not met. It also proposes that specific regulations be enacted for separate service categories and reviews […]

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Research into Payment Protection Insurance in the UK

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Office of Fair Trading
Published: October, 2006
Document type:Report

The report reviews the relevant payment protection insurance market and analyses those characteristics of the market that may be limiting competition and giving rise to consumer detriment. The report also identifies a series of additional data that would be desirable to obtain to further the analysis of the sector.

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Study on the Economic Impact of Auditors’ Liability Regimes

Sector:Finance.
Client:EC DG Internal Market and Services
Published: September, 2006
Document type:Report

This study focuses on the market for statutory audits of large companies in Europe. It reviews first the state of the international market for audit firms in the EU. Next, it examines the insurance market for statutory audits. It then examines the likely short-run and long-run effects of the possible disappearance of one or more of […]

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Evaluating the Cumulative Impact of Safety, Health and Environmental Regulation on the UK Industrial Coatings, Aerosols and Speciality Chemicals Sectors

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
Published: August, 2006
Document type:Report

This report provides estimates of the cost of compliance with current safety, health and environmental regulations in excess of the minimum costs necessary to ensure current levels of protection, describes the perceived benefits of these regulations and sets out a number of proposals for reducing the cost of compliance with the current regulations while maintaining […]

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Calculating the Costs and Profitability of Services in Price Squeeze Investigations

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Presentation
Published: July, 2006
Document type:Presentation

IIR conference on Regulatory Cost Accounting & Reporting for Telecoms in Vienna, Austria. July 4, 2006.

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Incorporating Quality of Service Measures Into Price-caps for Post

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:LE Working Paper
Published: June, 2006
Document type:LE publication (working papers and economic briefs)

This paper develops an approach of how to incorporate quality of service improvements into price caps using economic concepts related to productivity growth measurement and hedonic pricing. The paper advances practical work done by Postcomm (use of the C factor) and is related to empirical work done previously to estimate both consumers’ willingness to pay […]

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Study to Inform the Policy Review of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Department for the Environment and Rural Affairs
Published: April, 2006
Document type:Report

This study undertaken assesses the costs and benefits of completed and current projects funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund Programme during the period 2004 to 2007. It also aims to investigate whether continued funding after 2007 would provide value for money and, if so, what activities should be funded.

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Study on the Returns to Various Types of Investment in Education and Training

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: December, 2005
Document type:Report

London Economics were commissioned to undertake a large-scale project for the EU Directorate General for Education, Arts and Culture on the rates of returns to the investment necessary to achieve the Lisbon educational targets using the European Labour Force Survey. The study computed the private and social costs of achieving the Lisbon targets for different […]

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

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
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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A Review of the All-Island Financial Services Sector

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: November, 2004
Document type:Report

This report for InterTradeIreland provides an analysis of the size, scale, employment and earnings of the sector in Northern Ireland, Ireland, and in the island as a whole. It also assesses the extent of cross-border trade in financial services and the significance of perceived barriers to cross-border trade. Finally, the report examines the options to […]

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Structure and Functioning of the Electricity Market in Belgium in a European Perspective

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:CREG
Published: October, 2004
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by the General Council of the “Commission fédérale de Régulation de l’Electricité et du Gaz” (CREG) to analyse whether, and to what extent, the current federal regulation makes the markets for production, trading and supply of electricity competitive or potentially competitive and, if not, what remedies could be implemented. The report […]

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Assessing the Key Economic Drivers for Change in the Current Business Climate

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:LE Presentation
Published: June, 2004
Document type:Presentation

European Outsourcing Association’s Conference. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. June 9-10, 2004.

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A Synthesis of the Mid-term Evaluations of the FIFG 2000-2006

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:EC DG Fisheries
Published: March, 2004
Document type:Report

This report for the European Commission – Directorate General For Fisheries summarises and highlights the key findings of 49 mid-term evaluations of the Financial Instrument for Fisheries Guidance 2000-2006. The results of the report were presented at the conference organised by the European Commission “Steering Towards 2007-2013: What Financial Support for the Common Fisheries Policy […]

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Wealth Creation from Science, Engineering and Technology

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: March, 2004
Document type:Report

The Engineering and Technology Board commissioned London Economics to undertake a study of the contribution of Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) to the wealth and quality of life in the United Kingdom. We use two approaches in estimating the contribution of SET in the economy: the contribution of those sectors of the economy that employed […]

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

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
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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Study of the Consequences of Further Liberalisation of the Postal Market in Norway

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications
Published: December, 2003
Document type:Report

This Report for the Norwegian Ministry of Transport and Communications provides consultancy advice on the consequences of further liberalisation of the postal market in Norway. The study evaluates the impact of postal liberalisation, based on qualitative analysis and quantitative modelling. Under each of the models, we assess the impacts on liberation across various scenarios, ranging […]

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London and Foreign Direct Inward Investment

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: November, 2003
Document type:Report

London Economics was commissioned by Greater London Authority (GLA) Economics to undertake a study on how London as a world city contributes to attract foreign direct inward investment (FDI) into the United Kingdom, and the risks to London’s attractiveness for FDI in the future. The report reviews recent trends in direct foreign inward investment into […]

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Financial Markets and the Funding of Enterprises in the European Union: What Future?

Sector:Finance.
Client:N/A
Published: July, 2003
Document type:Report

This report uses scenarios to explore the future landscape of the financial services industry in the European Union. The question posed is whether the structure of business finance will shift towards greater reliance on capital markets, equity and bonds, and away from bank finance. After reviewing the key factors that drove change in the nineties, […]

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Comparing the Economic Performance of Family Businesses and Non-family Businesses

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: June, 2003
Document type:Report

This report for the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions reviews the performance of family and non-family businesses. LE’s work surveys the key characteristics of family businesses and examines the empirical evidence comparing performance with non-family businesses. Four themes appear salient in linking the key characteristics with the business performance: ownership […]

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London Economics Review of European Union Electricity Markets

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:ESB
Published: April, 2003
Document type:Report

This study reviews the regulatory regimes in the EU member states and examines how the differences in regulatory policy and openness to investment are likely to have had an impact on new investment.

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Assessment of Restrictions in the Supply of Professional Services

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:Irish Competition Authority
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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Working Conditions in Hotels and Restaurants: National Reports for France, Italy, Portugal and Sweden

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: October, 2002
Document type:Report

The reports for European Foundation for the Improving of Living and Working Conditions assess the impact of trends such as globalisation, increased competition and developments in technology, and look at the role of social dialogue in the sectors. They also feature several examples of interesting and innovative practice at local and national level aimed at […]

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Working Conditions in Road Transport: National Reports for France, Italy, Portugal and Sweden

Sector:Education.
Client:N/A
Published: October, 2002
Document type:Report

The reports for the European Foundation for the Improving of Living and Working Conditions assess the impact of trends such as globalisation, increased competition and developments in technology, and look at the role of social dialogue in the sectors. They also feature several examples of interesting and innovative practice at local and national level aimed […]

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Investigating the Use of Regional Economic Forecasting Models in Wales

Sector:Public Policy.
Client:Welsh Assembly Government
Published: January, 2002
Document type:Report

The report for Future Skills Wales reviews the economic forecasts and forecast models used by Education and Learning Wales (ELWa) and its partners, sets out a number of recommendations on how greater benefits could be derived from the forecasting-related activities, and examines how regional data and regional forecasts can be used in a skills’ gap […]

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De Waterindustrie in Engeland En Wales (The Water Industry in England and Wales)

Sector:Competition, Regulation and Business.
Client:N/A
Published: June, 2000
Document type:Staff publication

Economisch Statistische Berichten Dossier:  Liberalisering van Netwerksectoren, Nederlands Economische Instituut, 22 June 2000, Volume 85, No. 4261, 2000. Jones, S.

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