Standards, like electrical plugs, are usually so simple we don't even really notice them. But they're extremely important: Good ones can drive innovation; bad ones can stifle growth.
In his recent state of the nation address South Africa's President Jacob Zuma spoke emphatically of "radical economic transformation" causing nationwide debate. What does it really mean?
New analysis of the behaviour of petrol retailers in Perth over a period of five years shows how tacit collusion caused prices to increase by up to 50%.
Southern African economies need more organised and sustainable measures to increase the participation of emerging suppliers in supermarket value chains. This will help economic transformation.
The ACCC lost a case it brought against Woolworths for how it treated suppliers. It needs to rethink how it tackles such cases.
Raging debates about the state of South Africa's energy industry have missed one critical area, the role of transport fuels and base chemicals.
The competition in Australia's contactless payment industry is heating up as Apple Pay sets up in Australia. However some banks claim the company is making the system less competitive.
To boost competition in banking we should give consumers better access to data and account number portability.
E-hailing services have vowed to revolutionise the transportation industry. But they've also left city officials scratching their heads about regulations and traditional metered taxi drivers fuming.
It would be better to proactively restructure South Africa's electricity sector to spur innovation and investment and reduce costs before another crisis hits and further derails the economy.
The costs to South Africa of maintaining the ownership of a national airline are proving to be unbearably expensive. It's time to let the struggling carrier go.
A common cry from regulators is that customers must shop around for the best deal – but households rarely look for a better banking deal.
The presumption in government is that privatisation is always desirable, but many failures have led consumers to think differently.
It's time that Australians debated the objective of our competition law. It shouldn't just be left to the courts.
The Productivity Commission report finds that the agricultural industry is overburdened by red tape but there's still no clear solution for the best type of regulation.
The Productivity Commission says existing oversight is adequate to deal with misuse of market power.
What research into game play and human interaction can tell us about why the newest mobile game craze is attracting so many different people to play.
Labor's proposed competition policies are based on incorrect assumptions about market power and fail to address inequality.
The price of voice communication has come down in South Africa. But poor regulation and a lack of competition means that the country still has some way to go to reduce the cost of communication.
Increasing competition among aged care suppliers may not mean better services, due to market failures.