The OECD holds a roundtable on market concentration

Executive Summary 1. In recent years, there has been growing concern that a trend has emerged in which markets around the world are becoming more concentrated and less competitive. This is sometimes attributed to the increasingly digital and globalised nature of many markets and the firms that operate within them. In other cases, lax antitrust enforcement or excessive regulation have been blamed for the increase of concentration. 2. The evidence suggests that there has been a moderate increase in those broad measures of concentration that first raised the alarm, at least in the US and Japan, though not in European countries. However, the imprecision of these measures means that, taken in isolation, they tell us little about whether competitive intensity has changed or not. 3.

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  • OECD - Competition Division (Paris)

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OECD, The OECD holds a roundtable on market concentration, 6 June 2018, e-Competitions June 2018, Art. N° 87499

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