Competition Policy and Gender

OECD Competition Papers

48 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019

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Estefania Santacreu-Vasut

ESSEC Business School

Chris Pike

University of East Anglia (UEA) - Centre for Competition Policy; Fideres Partners LLP

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Date Written: November 29, 2019


This paper calls attention to the opportunity for competition authorities to contribute to the fight for gender equality, the fifth of the UN’s sustainable development goals. It argues that this can be done without compromising on the consumer welfare focus of many authorities, and indeed that adopting a gender lens can be helpful for those authorities in achieving their efficiency-based objectives. We also discuss the options for those authorities that do not focus on protecting consumer welfare and instead consider broader public interests when making decisions. We conclude by providing a menu of options regarding how competition authorities may integrate a gender perspective into competition policy practice and by identifying the scope for further work.

Keywords: Competition Policy, Efficiency, Equity, Equality, Gender, Antitrust

JEL Classification: L40, J16, J71, D63

Suggested Citation

Santacreu-Vasut, Estefania and Pike, Chris and Pike, Chris, Competition Policy and Gender (November 29, 2019). OECD Competition Papers, Available at SSRN: or

Estefania Santacreu-Vasut

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