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Testing which proposed regulations need “competition-proofing”

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  • Sean Lyons

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College)

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When assessing the likely net impact of regulation, many jurisdictions test for specific effects on areas of concern, such as small businesses or the environment, as well as for more generalised costs and benefits. This paper considers how best to design a negative-clearance test for the competition effects of regulations. We start by examining the well-documented UK “competition filter”, which proves to have serious shortcomings. Important classes of potentially damaging measures will not trigger the UK filter, and we illustrate this by applying the filter to four controversial measures that are currently, or were recently, on the statute books in Ireland. Structural and other features of the UK filter that lead to these outcomes are identified. We then outline an alternative test structure that should reduce such “false negatives” while remaining practical to apply.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep20020.

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Length: 31 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep20020

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  1. Gorecki, Paul K., 2009. "The Recession, Budgets, Competition, and Regulation: Should the State Supply Bespoke Protection?," Book Chapters, in: Callan, Tim (ed.), Budget Perspectives 2010 Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

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