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Friday, December 4, 2009

Competition Policy Trends and Economic Growth: Cross-National Empirical Evidence

Posted by D. Daniel Sokol

Joseph A. Clougherty, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin (WZB), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has an interesting paper on Competition Policy Trends and Economic Growth: Cross-National Empirical Evidence.

ABSTRACT: Motivated by the general lack of empirical scholarship concerning the cross-national environment for competition policy, I present measures here of the overall resources dedicated to competition policy and the merger policy work-load for thirty-two antitrust jurisdictions over the 1992-2007 period. The data allow analysing a number of perceived trends in competition policy over the last two decades, and allow the generation of some factual insights concerning these trends: e.g., the budgetary commitment to competition policy in the cross-national environment for antitrust has substantially increased over this period; budgetary increases appear to be commensurate with increased antitrust workloads; yet, the role of economics does not appear to have substantially increased relative to the role of law. Moreover, I am also able to provide some evidence that budgetary commitments to antitrust institutions yield economic benefits in terms of improved economic growth: i.e., higher budgetary commitments to competition policy are associated with higher levels per-capita GDP growth.

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