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 assisted one of the main Italian airport operators in the preparation of its position paper in the public consultation issued by the Italian Transport Regulator concerning its proposals for the regulation of airport charges.
As part of the ongoing fitness check of current State aid rules, the Directorate General for Competition of the European Commission has appointed a consortium led by Lear and participated by DIW Berlin and Sheppard Mullin, to carry out a study to support its evaluation of the rules regarding airports’ access to operating aid under […] Read more
Lear, in consortium with Sheppard Mullin and DIW Berlin, has been appointed by the European Commission to carry out a study seeking to evaluate the relevance and effectiveness of the rules contained in the GBER and in the Risk Finance Guidelines, that the Commission set out for Member States to provide aid to Small and […] Read more