Governments and public institutions must evaluate the effectiveness of public policies and assess their impact on social welfare in order to determine how to improve their interventions and identify in which areas these are most effective. This work requires:
We master empirical techniques and analytical tools necessary to assess with precision whether a specific policy is having its intended effect on the economy and to evaluate the size of this impact, to gauge its costs and benefits, and to determine how to improve it.
Relevant projects include: a project for the DG Economic and Financial Affairs of the European Commission aimed at developing an empirical methodology for the evaluation of the effectiveness of different competition policy regimes around the world in deterring anticompetitive behavior and fostering productivity. We have also designed a procedure for the ex-post review of merger control decisions to help the DG Competition of the European Commission to improve its enforcement policy and we have assessed the cost of erroneous antitrust decisions under Article 102 for the UK Office of Fair Trading.
If you need advice in the evaluation of any matter related to policy intervention, contact us.
As part of the evaluation process of the current State aid rules, the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission (DG COMP) has commissioned to a consortium led by Lear and participated by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and Sheppard Mullin, a study to support its evaluation of the rules regarding […] Read more
The new track access charge system approved by the Italian regulator (“ART”, Autorità di Regolazione Trasporti) and implemented by the Italian infrastructure manager has determined a significant increase to the fee for international passenger transport.
Lear is undertaking a research and evaluation project for the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) looking at approaches to assessing potential theories of harm and evaluating past merger decisions in the technology sector. Lear will identify which theories of harm Competition Authorities should investigate when facing a merger in the technology sector and what […] Read more