Can Competition Policy Drive Growth in Europe?

Jan 26, 2015

CPI Europe Column edited by Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group) and Anna Tzanaki presents:

Can Competition Policy Drive Growth in Europe? by John Fingleton (CEO, Fingleton Associates)

Intro by Juan Delgado (Global Economics Group)

As of the beginning of this year, I am joining Anna Tzanaki as editor of CPI Europe Column. We could not find a better way to start the year than asking John Fingleton (CEO, Fingleton Associates) to adapt his excellent speech on competition and productivity, delivered at the recent European Competition Day in Rome. With this, the CPI Europe Column broadens its scope by not only commenting on current European cases and policy developments, but also offering prospective analysis on the challenges of EU competition policy.

Fingleton’s speech goes back to competition policy fundamentals and recalls one of the main goals of competition policy: economic growth. Fingleton proposes three areas where competition policy can improve its contribution to productivity growth: strengthening the analysis of the competitive assessment of regulation, focusing competition analysis on market dynamics rather than on market structure, and integrating consumer protection and competition policies.

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