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Boosting Growth Through Greater Competition in Denmark

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  • Martin Jorgensen
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    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. Dynamiser la croissance en stimulant la concurrence au Danemark Le document de travail examine les moyens de renforcer le cadre concurrentiel pour stimuler la productivité dans divers secteurs de l'économie du Danemark. Il passe en revue un certain nombre d'indicateurs de la vigueur de la concurrence –– notamment le niveau des prix, la concentration industrielle et la réglementation des marchés de produits –– et évalue l'adéquation du cadre législatif de la concurrence. L'analyse se porte ensuite sur le vaste secteur public, qui a tardé à s'ouvrir à la concurrence, du fait de restrictions réglementaires mais aussi parce que certaines collectivités locales sont trop petites pour gérer des appels d'offres et offrir un marché attractif à des prestataires privés. Le document de travail examine aussi le processus de libéralisation des industries de réseau ainsi que différentes réglementations qui font encore obstacle à une concurrence efficace dans plusieurs autres secteurs, dont la construction, le logement, la distribution et les services professionnels.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 431.

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    Date of creation: 18 May 2005
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    Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:431-en

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    Keywords: network industries; competition; Denmark; regulation; product markets; retail distribution; construction; competitive neutrality; privatisation; public sector; public procurement; marchés publics; marchés de produits; industrie de réseau; concurrence; grande distribution; construction; neutralité de concurrence; privatisation; Danemark; réglementation;

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