This paper reviews ongoing deliberations surrounding the EU Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA). It also discusses possible implications of upcoming legislation for European innovation, the business models of U.S. companies serving European customers, and global digital services standards.
Australia’s anachronistic, inconsistent and excessive regulatory landscape is an area of immense potential for growth-enhancing economic reforms. This paper considers regulations across a wide range of sectors, including the construction, agricultural, pharmaceutical, retail trade, mining, hospitality and tourism, and childcare sectors.
This report provides a summary of the findings from a collaborative research project between RMIT’s Behavioural Business Lab and the Consumer Policy Research Centre. This research has produced unique empirical data about the value of service quality and how it affects consumer choice in the...
There is ongoing community, political and media interest in energy supply, particularly rising energy prices and their impact on Australian households and businesses. The objective of this audit was to assess the effectiveness of the Australian Energy Regulator’s regulation of energy markets.
Utilities for democracy: why and how the algorithmic infrastructure of Facebook and Google must be regulated
This paper provides a framework for understanding why internet platforms matter for democracy and how they should be regulated. The authors describe the two most powerful internet platforms, Facebook and Google, as new public utilities — utilities for democracy — arguing that they should be...
The Victorian government has requested the Essential Services Commission to give effect to recommendation 8A from the Independent review into the electricity and gas retail markets in Victoria, which requires the commission to monitor and report on the competitiveness and efficiency of the Victorian retail...
Produced to assist government procurement professionals understand cartel behaviour, this guide considers some steps that might be taken to maximise competition and save money, while also disrupting the possible operation of cartels by suppliers.
This guide is intended to be read by every member of the Australian Public Service involved in policy making—from the most junior member of the policy team to the departmental secretary. It provides the context for regulation and encourages policy makers to think about regulatory...
How to address competition concerns associated with online platforms has become a pressing policy question around the world. This paper outlines some general principles for a new regulatory framework.
The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0. The new index sheds light on an emerging set of drivers of productivity and long-term growth in...