PMCA Economic Commentary: the coming of age of Irish competition policy

Wednesday, July, 2011

Ireland is recognised internationally as having one of the most progressive competition policy environments of any developed economy and this extended PMCA Economic Commentary reviews the scope, potential and challenges facing competition policy in the radically changed circumstances in which the country finds itself.  The wide-ranging article also includes an international comparison of the resourcing of the Competition Authority and considers the plan to merge that institution with the National Consumer Agency.  Also considered is the potentially adverse implications for competition and consumer welfare stemming (inadvertently) from the government’s re-structuring plan for the banking sector.

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