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Economic evaluation of competition policy enforcement

Closed-door, off-the-record brainstorming workshop.

Improving the quality of policy evaluation is at the core of the Smart Regulation agenda of the European Commission. Evaluation allows assessing whether policies have the desired effects, thereby facilitating the development of better regulations and policies. Other international organisations and national administrations also use policy evaluations to increase the added value of their policy interventions and achieve public policy objectives at minimum cost. Within this context, the Competition Directorate General (DG COMP) of the European Commission is keen to receive inputs from Academia on the economics of ex-post evaluation of competition policy enforcement.

The workshop has two sessions. The first session concerns the analytical framework and the various methods which can be used for ex-post evaluations of competition policy interventions, emphasising the literature on the evaluation of the broader impact of competition policy. The second session focuses on empirical research investigating the relationship between competition policy enforcement and macroeconomic performance. A two-step approach is envisaged. In a first step, the directly observable effects of competition policy interventions could be assessed. In a second step, the indirect effects associated with deterrence could be assessed.

Practical details

  • Venue: Bruegel, Rue de la Charité 33, 1210 Brussels
  • Time: Friday 13 December 2013, 10:00 - 14:30
  • Contact:Matilda Sevón, Events Coordinator - matilda.sevon[at]bruegel.org