The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) will organize a conference on “Impact Assessment of Interventions of Competition and Consumer Authorities”. The conference will take place in Amsterdam on November 16, 2016. Over the last years, government and market authorities devoted particular attention to impact assessment, a tool which can enable them to learn from past interventions and improve future ones. Through impact assessment, market authorities can publicly justify their mission, by providing an insight on the effectiveness of their interventions: economic effects for consumers as well as behavioral changes by producers and suppliers. The aim of the conference is to assess the different methodologies used in impact assessment and to discuss the lessons learned in impact assessments carried out by various competition and consumers authorities.
During the competition session, Paolo will give a presentation on the “Ex-post analysis of Dutch supermarket merger”, an impact assessment study carried out by Lear for the ACM