La concurrence, Emmanuel COMBE

Emmanuel Combe

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Competition is an intriguing and worrisome concept, sometimes equated with healthy emulation and sometimes with a form of Darwinism. Economic analysis provides a useful and rigorous guide to overcome these oversimplified views by showing that competition is above all a mechanism for eliminating unjustified rents. This book presents the two main economic views of competition (competition as a state versus as a process), but also its micro and macroeconomic effects (particularly on productivity and employment), the obstacles to its effectiveness, and the policies for opening up and regulating competition. The book is prefaced by Laurence Boone, Chief Economist at the OECD.

In the four videos below, Emmanuel Combe is interviewed by Nicolas Charbit and presents four key points from his book:

  • 1. How do economists understand competition?
  • 2. What are the concrete effects of competition?
  • 3. Is competition always possible and desirable?
  • 4. What policies can be pursued with regard to competition?

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  • French Competition Authority (Paris)


Emmanuel Combe, La concurrence, Emmanuel COMBE, May 2021, Concurrences N° 2-2021, Art. N° 101152,

Publisher Presses Universitaires de France

Date 5 May 2021

Number of pages 142

ISBN 9782130817628

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