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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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Product Market Competition and Economic Performance in Sweden

Vigorous product market competition plays a central role in bolstering productivity growth. Sweden has strengthened competition legislation and deregulated a number of sectors, including electricity, telecommunications and parts of transport, over the past 10 to 15 years. This paper examines the current state of product market competition and proposes further measures. A stronger institutional framework would facilitate identification and elimination of anti-competitive behaviour, such as hard-core cartels. Efforts to inject effective competition into a range of network industries have been broadly successful, but specific measures could increase competition in several sectors, such as retail and construction. There is also room to boost competition in Sweden’s large and decentralised public sector and in its interactions with the private sector, so that competitive neutrality applies to all public sector activities ...

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