Competition Policy and Gender
OECD Competition Papers
48 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2019
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
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