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.
Lear is implementing a technical assistance project aimed at assessing the current competitive dynamics in the retail banking markets of an Asia-Pacific country. The Study entails an initial overview and assessment of the competition level in retail banking markets and two in-depth analyses on: (i) deposit accounts for retail and SME customers and (iii) SME […] Read more
Lear, together with DIW Berlin, E.CA Economics, Sheppard Mullin and University of East Anglia, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a background study on State aid in the field of environmental protection and energy. The results of the study supported the Commission in the revision of the EU Guidelines on State […] Read more
Lear assisted a major Italian broadcaster in preparing a submission for a consultation launched by the European Commission and aimed at assessing whether the Market definition Notice, adopted by the European Commission in 1997, is still “fit-for-purpose”. Lear economists consulted with the client and drafted the submission on its behalf.