OECD Economics Department Working Papers

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1815-1973 (online)
DOI :
10.1787/18151973
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Product Market Regulation in OECD Countries

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Author(s):
Paul Conway, Véronique Janod, Giuseppe Nicoletti1
Author Affiliations
  • 1: OECD, France

Publication Date
01 Apr 2005
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No.:
419
Pages
62
DOI
10.1787/783417550348

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This paper describes trends in product market regulation in OECD countries over the period 1998 to 2003. The analysis is based on summary indicators of product market regulation that measure the degree to which policies promote or inhibit competition. The results suggest that regulatory impediments to competition have declined in all OECD countries in recent years. Regulation has also become more homogenous across the OECD as countries with relatively restrictive policies have, in some areas, moved towards the regulatory environment of the more liberalized countries. Within some countries product market policies have become more consistent across different regulatory provisions, although relatively restrictive countries still tend to have a more heterogeneous approach to competition. In general, domestic barriers to competition tend to be higher in countries that have higher barriers to foreign trade and investment, and high levels of state control and barriers to competition ...

Keywords:
indicators, product market regulation
JEL Classification:
  • K2: Law and Economics / Regulation and Business Law
  • L5: Industrial Organization / Regulation and Industrial Policy