South Africa needs take a radically different path if it is going to make its economy more inclusive. It must start from the premise that markets are intrinsically skewed to historic privilege.
Emerging retail players struggle to grow.
South Africa's concentrated formal supermarket industry stands as an obstacle against economic transformation and competitive pricing for consumers.
A business cannot price “too low” or it breaks the law, but undercutting competitors is not necessarily illegal.
It's time that Australians debated the objective of our competition law. It shouldn't just be left to the courts.
Labor argues that market concentration reduces competition but that’s not always the case.
Labor's proposed competition policies are based on incorrect assumptions about market power and fail to address inequality.
European Commission fires a broadside at Google for using Android to enforce its dominant position.
Answering what is considered a substantial lessening of competition is not easy.
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A recent legal case illustrates why the government has made a mistake in changing its market misuse law.
An effects test is a win for principle over politics.
The government will adopt an "effects" test to combat anti-competitive behaviour. It should ensure meaningful penalties are attached.
If a state-owned port is sold at a higher price with competition restrictions, consumers will pay higher prices in the future because of these restrictions.
State governments are now seeking to maximise the price of privatised assets by adding sale terms that restrict competition for the future private owners. That amounts to a hidden tax on consumers.
Woolworths is being pursued by the corporate regulator for its treatment of smaller suppliers.
Unconscionable conduct by (mainly big) business has been notoriously tricky to prove. Could a change in legal wording help?
If done poorly, competition law can actually reduce competition.
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The debate over two words in Australian competition law could lead to an anti-competitive future for Australian businesses.
There are a number of overlooked recommendations within the Harper competition review that would help small business.
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Ian Harper made a bunch of less glamourous but very useful recommendations in his competition review, that deserve not to be overshadowed.
Amazon caused a stir when it unilaterally removed George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 from Kindle e-readers in 2009.
Enforcing copyright protection in the digital age has become complex. South Africa should tread carefully as it amends its copyright laws.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Offers of candy won’t prevent the European Commission’s scrutiny now.
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First search, then shopping, now Android – European Commission sets out to take Google to task.
Coles has admitted it acted unconscionably towards suppliers, and a new code of conduct may not be enough to clean up the industry.
Coles and Woolworths spent much of 2014 defending their behaviour in court. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) brought several actions against one or both of them throughout the…
In new vs old publishing models, just who is the dinosaur?
When Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation launched a broadside at Google, claiming the company abuses its overwhelming market position in Europe, it looked a lot like a clash between web and print – the Information…
When big business misuses its market power, proving it can prove a challenge.
In advocating greater competition, less regulation and reduced red tape, the Harper Committee’s 300 page draft review of competition policy largely colours between the lines of its extremely broad terms…