Productivity growth—the key long-term driver of living standards—has fallen in both advanced and emerging economies since the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. In both country income groups, this has led to growing emphasis on strengthening structural reform efforts. Although specific priorities differ across countries, enhancing product market competition is a key part of this agenda.
In recent years, new policy questions have emerged, and old ones have gained more prominence, against the background of the slower pace of, and shrinking scope for, regulation reform in some countries, as well as structural changes in the economy in the digital age. Growing issues in the areas of product market competition and regulation include:
Aim of the conference and topics covered
The aim of the conference is to bring together policymakers and practitioners, international institutions, and leading academics to shed light on these issues from both practical and research perspectives, and draw robust and novel policy implications. Some of the key questions the conference will cover include:
The conference will feature a high-level policy panel and keynote speakers including Philippe Aghion (College de France and London School of Economics), Ufuk Akcigit (University of Chicago), and Alejandra Palacios (Chair of COFECE, the Competition Commission of Mexico).
The organising committee is soliciting papers on the areas outlines above. Papers using macro-econometric, micro-econometric, case study and model-based analyses of the effects of product market reforms are welcome. Preference will be given to papers that have a significant empirical content and/or those with direct policy relevance.
Please submit papers to the organisers, copied to Patricia Neidlinger (firstname.lastname@example.org) and to Amelia Godber (email@example.com) by 31 January 2018. Extended abstracts will also be accepted but preference will be given to full drafts.
Only authors of accepted papers will be notified of the decision, which will be communicated by 16 March 2018.
Final drafts will be due by 31 May 2018.
Financial support will be provided to cover speakers’ travel and hotel expenses.
Please address any queries you may have to: