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Policy Assessment

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:

  • Selecting the most appropriate from amongst the existing evaluation methodologies or developing a new approach;
  • Collecting all the data and the information necessary to perform the exercise, through existing sources or surveys;
  • Performing the impact assessment and the cost-benefit analysis;
  • Drawing up useful conclusions based on the strengths and weaknesses of the policy under examination;
  • Suggesting ways to overcome these weaknesses.

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.

See our publications and news on policy assessment.

If you need advice in the evaluation of any matter related to policy intervention, contact us.

 

Latest Engagements

Quantifying harm from regulation in the telecom sector

Lear is assisting a telecom operator in quantifying harm that will be suffered as a result of a change of the regulated price of compulsory communication data that have to be provided to the Judiciary by law. The analysis developed by Lear aims at verifying the methodology used to determine incremental costs borne by the […] Read more

Ex-post evaluation of three sequential merger decisions in the Dutch grocery sector (Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets – ACM)

Lear has performed a detailed quantitative assessment of the ex-post effects of three sequential merger decisions involving competing supermarkets chains. Lear’s team has identified and collected all the relevant data on the affected markets and has a developed a methodology to assess the effect of the mergers on prices, product variety and ancillary services. One […] Read more

Study on the economic impact of competition policy enforcement on the functioning of telecoms markets in the EU

Lear, jointly with DIW Berlin and Analysys Mason, has been retained by DG competition to study the economic impact of competition policy enforcement in the European (“EU”) telecoms markets. The study consists of both a descriptive analysis on the evolution of competition policy enforcement and the functioning of telecoms market over the past 20 years […] Read more


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