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An analysis of the possible causes of product market malfunctioning in the EU: First results for manufacturing and service sectors

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  • Fabienne Ilzkovitz
  • Adriaan Dierx
  • Nuno Sousa

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Within the context of the follow-up to the Single Market Review, the European Commission has screened EU manufacturing and service sectors for problems of market malfunctioning. This paper investigates the nature of these problems in the selected sectors and focuses on the following four dimensions of market functioning: regulation, integration, competition and innovation. In spite of the data limitations, regulation appears to be a cross cutting factor affecting market functioning in many sectors. The service sectors, in particular, show signs of an unexploited potential in terms of market integration and competition pressures. In all selected sectors there are indications of an unsatisfactory innovation performance. Overall, the analysis appears to confirm the results of the initial sector screening.

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  • Fabienne Ilzkovitz & Adriaan Dierx & Nuno Sousa, 2008. "An analysis of the possible causes of product market malfunctioning in the EU: First results for manufacturing and service sectors," European Economy - Economic Papers 2008 - 2015 336, Directorate General Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN), European Commission.
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    Keywords

    European economy; economic integration; regulation; competition; innovation; Internal Market; Single Market; structural policy; manufacturing sectors; service sectors; Ilzkovitz; Dierx; Sousa;

    JEL classification:

    • F15 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Economic Integration
    • L16 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Industrial Organization and Macroeconomics; Macroeconomic Industrial Structure
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General

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