What Could Anti-Trust in the OECD Mean for Development?
Peter A. G. van Bergeijk
Erasmus University - Institute of Social Studies (ISS); CERES, Research School for Resource Studies for Development
May 1, 2009
DE BLIJVENDE UITDAGING, P.A. Kalbfleisch et al., The Hague, 2009, pp. 165-179
Institute of Social Studies Working Paper No. 473
The extra-territorial effects of cartels, mergers and other non-competitive activities require consideration especially if they harm consumers and firms in developing countries. This chapter provides an overview of the available empirical literature regarding the impact of cartels, mergers and abuses of dominance and that are rooted in the OECD. Typically the available evidence is not yet sufficiently comprehensive to allow robust conclusions, but (with no claim on accuracy), it seems reasonable that the direct impact on developing countries is very substantial and in welfare terms may exceed the contribution by Official Development Aid. OECD countries could contribute to development through the activities of their competition authorities and appropriate changes in legislation.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: cartel, merger, restrictive business practices, developing countries, competition policy
JEL Classification: O1, L4
Date posted: May 6, 2009 ; Last revised: July 20, 2009