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OECD Economics Department Working Papers

Working papers from the Economics Department of the OECD that cover the full range of the Department’s work including the economic situation, policy analysis and projections; fiscal policy, public expenditure and taxation; and structural issues including ageing, growth and productivity, migration, environment, human capital, housing, trade and investment, labour markets, regulatory reform, competition, health, and other issues.

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Boosting Growth Through Greater Competition in Denmark

This paper discusses ways of strengthening the competitive environment in order to help boost productivity performance in various sectors of the Danish economy. It looks at a number of indicators of the strength of competition — including price levels, industrial concentration and product market regulation — and it discusses the appropriateness of the competition legislation framework. The paper then focuses on the large public sector, which has been slow to open up to competition, partly because of regulatory restrictions but also because some local governments are too small to handle tenders and provide an attractive market for private providers. The paper also looks at the process of liberalising network industries and at various regulations that still impede effective competition in a number of other sectors, including construction, housing, distribution and professional services.

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Keywords: Denmark, public sector, construction, retail distribution, network industries, product markets, regulation, competition, public procurement, competitive neutrality, privatisation
JEL: H4: Public Economics / Publicly Provided Goods; L43: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation; L33: Industrial Organization / Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise / Comparison of Public and Private Enterprises and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out; L32: Industrial Organization / Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise / Public Enterprises; Public-Private Enterprises; L9: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities; O52: Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth / Economywide Country Studies / Economywide Country Studies: Europe; L1: Industrial Organization / Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance; K21: Law and Economics / Regulation and Business Law / Antitrust Law; L41: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / Monopolization; Horizontal Anticompetitive Practices; L8: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Services; L44: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / Antitrust Policy and Public Enterprises, Nonprofit Institutions, and Professional Organizations
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