Publications in: Competition, Regulation and Business

Analysis of the Potential Economic Impact of GDPR – October 2017

Subsector:Privacy and security
Published: 30 October, 2017
Document type:Report

This study examines the potential economic impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in relation to the ambiguities created by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) guidance on consent. Two elements of the guidance are analysed in detail: the prohibition of any form of opt-out consent and the requirement to name all third-parties that will […]

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Research and Analysis to Quantify the Benefits Arising from Personal Data Rights Under the GDPR – August 2017

Subsector:Remedies and enforcement
Published: 07 August, 2017
Document type:Report

The act of disclosing personal data typically takes place in an environment of incomplete and asymmetric information. This explains the crucial role of consumer confidence in enabling transactions that involve the disclosure of personal data. LE’s study for DCMS investigates the benefits of new individual rights introduced by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) […]

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Study on the Functioning of the Retail Electricity Markets for Consumers in the EU – February 2017

Subsector:Regulators and government
Published: 06 February, 2017
Document type:Report

The 2nd Electricity Market Study investigated electricity market functioning for consumers in the EU, Iceland and Norway. It assessed how market performance has developed since the 1st electricity market study conducted in 2010, and the extent to which consumers have the necessary tools to make rational and empowered choices. Its findings offer a clear insight […]

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

Subsector:Public Policy
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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Stakeholder Engagement on Complex and Long-run Issues in the Energy and Water Sectors – November 2016

Subsector:Regulatory economics
Published: 14 November, 2016
Document type:Report

This paper for Sustainability First explores how different research approaches for engaging individual consumers can help uncover long-term public interest in complex areas. The paper covers both quantitative and qualitative methods, and includes behavioural experiments to test consumer responses to alternative interventions. The paper is of use to public interest advocates and energy and water […]

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Insolvencies and SMEs: the Role of Second Chance, Special Study, SME PERFORMANCE REVIEW 2015/16 – November 2016

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: 24 November, 2016
Document type:Report

This companion study to the 2015/15 Annual Report on SMEs provides 1) a literature review of recent studies focusing on the determinants and impacts of SME bankruptcies and the economic impact of various characteristics of a bankruptcy regime; 2) a number of case studies on the issues faced by entrepreneurs when they went bankrupt or […]

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Annual Report on European SMEs 2015/16 – November 2016

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: 24 November, 2016
Document type:Report

The 2015/16 SME Annual Report prepared by London Economics as part of the 2016 SME Performance Review (undertaken by a consortium comprising Carsa, DIW, DIW econ, Innova, London Economics and PwC) shows that in 2015 in the EU28 SMEs as a group have experienced growth in value added, employment and the number of enterprises. In […]

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Evaluation of the Functioning of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) – October 2016

Subsector:Productivity, Innovation and New Economy
Published: October, 2016
Document type:Report

LE assisted the EIB evaluation team with the evaluation of the functioning of the EFSI. The key conclusions of the evaluation are that the fund is on track in terms of approvals in view of its target of mobilising EUR 315 billion of total investment in the real economy, but is lagging behind in terms […]

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Met Office, General Review – March 2016

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: 23 March, 2016
Document type:Report

This economic study carried out by London Economics, part of a wider General Review of the Met Office, found that the Met Office could bring £30 billion of value to the UK over the next decade, which works out at £14 of benefit for every pound spent, when taking account of investment already committed.

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Ofwat Vulnerability Focus Report – February 2016

Subsector:Regulatory economics
Published: 23 February, 2016
Document type:Report

Ofwat’s Vulnerability Focus report with supporting research by London Economics finds that vulnerability can take many forms, people can move in and out of vulnerability and anyone can find themselves in vulnerable circumstances at times in their life. The report is accompanied by a practitioners’ pack that aims to help water companies to identify customers […]

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