Competition Law Gone Global: Introducing the Comparative Competition Law and Enforcement Datasets

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Competition Law Gone Global: Introducing the Comparative Competition Law and Enforcement Datasets

By Anu Bradford & Nathaniel Sokol (Columbia University),  Adam S. Chilton (University of Chicago) & Chris Megaw (WilmerHale LLC)

Competition law has proliferated around the world. Due to data limitations, however, there is little systematic information about the substance and enforcement of these laws. In this paper, we address that problem by introducing two new datasets on competition law regimes around the world. First, we introduce the Comparative Competition Law Dataset, which codes competition laws in 130 jurisdictions between 1889 to 2010. Second, we introduce the Comparative Competition Enforcement Dataset, which provides data on competition agencies’ resources and activities in 100 jurisdictions between 1990 and 2010. These datasets offer the most comprehensive picture of competition law yet assembled and provide a new foundation for empirical research on the legal regimes used to regulate markets.

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