Starbucks and Fiat must each pay up to €30m in tax repayments after the EU competition commissioner, Margarethe Vestager, ruled deals they made with the Netherlands and Luxembourg counted as unlawful state…
Why do Asian children perform so well at maths?
Memorising facts and completing drills is likely to improve your maths skills – just so long as you find a way to stay motivated.
Bipartisan support for the competition review reforms could help Australia’s transition away from a mining-led economy.
The proposed changes to Australia's competition regime make sense, and deserve bipartisan support.
Understanding how evolution affects behaviour can help address societal problems.
Evolution also does not claim humans evolved from primates. Neither does it say non-human primates, including monkeys, baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas, will evolve into humans with time.
The snail’s pace of switching between Australian banks deserves attention.
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More robust competition between banks would benefit consumers, but there's little policy focus on the issue.
Amendments to South Africa’s competition law provides more scrutiny of pricing practices in oligopolistic markets.
South Africa's tightening up of its competition law enables it to punish collusive conduct by firms, but there are major obstacles to implementing the changes.
Fans cheer during The International Dota 2 Championships in Seattle, Washington earlier this month.
The US$17 million prize pool at The International Dota 2 Championships shows how much the industry has grown over the past decade.
The UK’s Chris Froome dons the yellow jersey as he whips around a turn during the 17th stage of the 102nd Tour de France.
Even before this year's race began, only five or six riders had any real chance of winning.
Big can be beautiful for Australia’s retail giants.
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Some say the only way to smash the Coles/Woolworths duopoly is more regulation and a consumer backlash, but this assumes all power is used for evil.
Lock and load.
An EU court has ruled that Lego's iconic mini-figures are a protected trademark and so cannot be copied. Here's why.
Woolworths chief Grant O'Brien will step down, but not before a replacement is found.
The hubris on show at Woolworths was never sustainable, and as a result CEO Grant O'Brien will join more than 1,000 employees losing their job.
Is the NHS ‘a wretched bowl of alphabetti spaghetti’, as David Cameron put it?
The paradox of competition and integration other key challenges facing the re-appointed health secretary.
Economist Ian Harper has recommended changes to the misuse of market power provisions in Australian competition law.
Unless key words are clarified proposed changes to Australian competition law could actually harm competition.
The Harper Review should focus attention on planning and zoning reform as a crucial way of improving competition.
The main question to ask of the Harper report is: what will make a tangible difference to our economic prosperity?
Neutrality in style and substance.
The need for net neutrality regulations in the US speaks volumes about competition in the land of the free market.
Rubbish for consumers?
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They're meant to give customers the best deals out there, but price comparison websites can increase prices people end up paying.
Boxed in. Royal Mail rivals are knocking on the door.
Those of us with experience working in former state monopoly sectors such as trains, aviation and telecoms as they transition into a less regulated environment, know only too well the challenge of change…
Time for an unbundling?
Google’s operations in Europe have come under fire recently, with the UK proposing new corporate tax reforms that are being dubbed a “Google tax” for targeting the multi-national. And this follows hot…
Unlike America, Australia is overbanked.
A key component of the Financial System Inquiry handed to Treasurer Joe Hockey this week was that “the financial system should be subject and responsive to market forces, including competition”. But on…
The Rubik’s Cube has confounded millions of people, including myself since discovering it in my uncle’s house as a child. And now the iconic three-dimensional puzzle has been the subject of an EU ruling…