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Competition and competitiveness in a new economy


  • Handler, Heinz
  • Burger, Christina


This volume contains the proceedings of a discussion forum relating issues of competitiveness in a globalised world to European competition policies. It includes a view from Joseph E. Stiglitz on competition in the New Economy, an EU view on new developments of Community policies, and a national view of how to reform Austrian competition policy. Aspects of sectoral regulation are discussed with respect to the electricity, railway, postal services and financial services sectors as well as to the regulation of shop-opening hours. Globalisation has enhanced competition, but it has also encouraged collusion between companies which limits the degree of competition. This puts pressure on competition authorities to establish cross-country networks. In the EU, the decentralisation of enforcement activities should therefore be complemented by some institutionalised horizontal co-operation between national competition authorities.

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  • Handler, Heinz & Burger, Christina, 2002. "Competition and competitiveness in a new economy," MPRA Paper 44944, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:44944

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    Cited by:

    1. Paul-Bogdan Zamfir, 2011. "The Need Of Total Quality In Public Administration," Annals - Economy Series, Constantin Brancusi University, Faculty of Economics, vol. 4, pages 223-226, December.
    2. Heinz Handler, 2005. "Das öffentliche Auftragswesen im gesamtwirtschaftlichen Zusammenhang," WIFO Working Papers 250, WIFO.

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    Globalisation; competitiveness; European competition policy; competition authorities; network industries;

    JEL classification:

    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection
    • F42 - International Economics - - Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance - - - International Policy Coordination and Transmission
    • F60 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - General
    • K2 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law
    • L4 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy


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