Publications in: Financial markets and Institutions

Economic Impact Assessments of Proposals for Computer Trading

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: September, 2012
Document type:Report

The report provides an evidence-based analysis of a number of proposals targeted at computer trading within financial markets, with some of these measures having been included in the European Commission’s proposal for a revised Directive on markets in financial instruments (MiFID II). These measures include: increasing tick sizes and introducing control by regulators of algorithms, […]

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The Impact of State Guarantees on Banks’ Debt Issuing Costs, Lending and Funding Policy

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: February, 2012
Document type:Report

This study investigates the effectiveness of state guarantee schemes and ad hoc guarantees given to banks over 2008-10. The study analyses the market value of state guarantees as reflected in the costs banks faced in raising funds on wholesale financial markets and whether state guarantees influenced the funding and (ultimately) lending behaviour of banks. The […]

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Basic Banking Services

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: December, 2011
Document type:Report

This briefing paper examines the current state of play in the access to basic banking services, as well as the expected benefits of providing such access for citizens as well as for cross-border trade, in particular e-commerce. It also identifies the banking services that would ideally be covered by any initiative and the main hurdles […]

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Economic Outlook: How is the Current Financial and Economic Situation Affecting Consumers, Debtors and Creditors

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: December, 2011
Document type:Presentation | Staff publication

This analysis by London Economics offers new insights into the current economic crisis. Key economic indicators suggest recovery long way off. In previous UK recessions, output recovered relatively quickly after modest falls. This recession is deeper and longer lasting that previous recessions, with no recovery in sight. Growth between 2005 and 2008 was driven by […]

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Analysis of Developments in the Fields of Direct Investment and M&A (mergers and Acquisitions) – Part II

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: November, 2011
Document type:Report

This report consists of three papers providing analyses of topics relevant to foreign direct investment: bilateral investment treaties, a financial transactions tax and investment screening mechanisms. Bilateral investment treaties An empirical analysis of the influence bilateral investment treaties (BITs) on the pattern of FDI flows in the EU was carried out. A gravity model of […]

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Analysis of Developments in the Fields of Direct Investment and M&A (mergers and Acquisitions) – Part I

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: November, 2011
Document type:Report

This report provides a comprehensive analysis of developments in the fields of direct investment and M&A in 2010-11. This includes a descriptive analysis of inward and outward FDI stocks and flows (including FDI resulting from M&A activity) within the EU and between the EU and third countries, by sector, type of FDI, etc. Major factors […]

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Consumer Behaviour in a Digital Environment

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
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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Study on the Costs and Benefits of Different Policy Options for Mortgage Credit

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: March, 2011
Document type:Report

The costs and benefits of potential changes in the following four mortgage policy areas are considered in the study, which was published by the European Commission on 31 March 2011: pre-contractual information, the definition of the annual percentage rate of charge, early repayment and responsible lending and borrowing. The approach to assessing the costs and […]

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The Contribution of Insurance Brokers to the UK Economy

Subsector:Financial markets and Institutions
Published: March, 2011
Document type:Report

The market for insurance products, like many other markets, is characterised by imperfect information by each party to the transaction, significant search costs to find the “best” deal, and asymmetric bargaining power. The report shows that insurance brokers play a key role in the marketplace by identifying the risks faced by clients, reducing insurance distribution […]

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Economic Analysis of Ireland’s Comparative Advantage for Foreign Investment

Subsector:Public Policy
Published: October, 2010
Document type:Staff publication

Gray, A., Swinand, G., Holmes-Batt, W. Indecon Economic Consultants, October 2010

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