The role of online marketplaces in protecting and empowering consumers
Online marketplaces matching third-party sellers with consumers are now key e-commerce channels globally. Despite their popularity and the benefits they bring to consumers, they do present a number of risks. This report summarises results from a 2021 OECD survey of 28 countries and 15 platform...
Critical factors influencing the sustainable construction capability in prefabrication of Chinese construction enterprises
Compared with the conventional cast-in-situ method, prefabricated construction (PC) is a sustainable construction method. Results of this study suggest that incentivised strategies formulated by the Chinese government would improve industry practitioners’ capability of implementing sustainable PC projects to eventually expedite the industry’s transformation towards leaner...
Corporate social responsibility: findings from the Vietnamese paint industry
In contemporary society, customers tend to spend money on goods and services they trust not only in terms of their quality but also because of their ethical production standards; therefore, thanks to integrating corporate social responsibility (CSR) into business activities, a company can ensure that...
Counterfeit, fraudulent and sub-standard materials: the case of steel in Norway
This study examined the presence of counterfeited, fraudulent and substandard (CFS) materials in the Norwegian construction industry and the characteristics of the construction industry that render it vulnerable. The interviewees believed that the industry is vulnerable because it is easily accessible for temporary and dishonest...
Is high frequencey trading beneficial to market quality?
This report discusses how high frequency trading (HFT) has changed the dynamics of the market and whether traditional academic measures of market “quality” are relevant in the new world of electronic trading. Using existing measures of market quality, which were designed over 20 years ago...
Regulator watch: the enforcement performance of Australia’s consumer protection regulators (1st Edition)
Robust enforcement by consumer regulators can protect individual consumers as well as contribute to fairness within markets. This report was conceived in response to the absence of a public mechanism to compare whether, and if so, how much, enforcement work is being done by our...