Competition Research for Economic Development

Building on the success of an earlier project, Competition Issues in the Distribution Sector (103430), this project will generate urgently needed empirical evidence on the gains to society of reducing noncompetitive market situations and anticompetitive firm behaviour.

It will do so by awarding between six and 24 research grants to competition authorities (agencies charged by government with enforcing competition policy) in developing countries. Low-income country competition authorities will also be eligible for technical assistance in formulating their proposals and implementing their research projects. In order to reinforce the often precarious political standing of competition authorities, the research will focus on areas of enforcement likely to yield immediate social welfare gains or removal of regulatory obstacles to competition.

The idea is to support developing country efforts to establish sound policy regimes that will allow their respective competition authorities to identify and correct non-competitive market structures and unfair business practices in companies providing goods and services to the domestic market. Practical recommendations for remedying such situations are expected to emerge from the research.

The country research results will be synthesized for an international audience, and disseminated by means of a high-profile communications program. The participating researchers will be linked with each other and the international competition community through an information-sharing platform.

Project ID

104241

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Thursday, December 6, 2007

End Date

Friday, June 8, 2012

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Joekes, Susan

Total funding

CA$ 992,500

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

David Lewis

Institution

Gordon Institute of Business Science (Association incorporated under section 21)

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.gibs.co.za

Project Leader

Fernando Caceres

Institution

Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas S.A.C.

Institution Country

Peru

Institution Website

http://www.upc.edu.pe

Project Leader

Bach Van Mung

Institution

Vietnam Competition Administration Department

Institution Country

Viet Nam

Institution Website

http://www.vcad.gov.vn

Project Leader

Juan Dutra

Institution

Asociación Instituto de Estudios Empresariales de Montevideo

Institution Country

Uruguay

Institution Website

http://www.um.edu.uy

Project Leader

Mokoena, Nandi

Institution

Competition Commission (South Africa)

Institution Country

South Africa

Institution Website

http://www.compcom.co.za

Project Leader

Pablo García González

Institution

Fiscalía Nacional Económica

Institution Country

Chile

Institution Website

http://www.fne.cl

Project Leader

Oumar Idriss BERTHE

Institution

Mali. Ministère de l'Industrie, des Investissements et du Commerce

Institution Country

Mali

Institution Website

http://www.meic.com.ml

Project Leader

Golib Khokigitov

Institution

Monopoliyaga Qarshi Siyosatni Takomillashtirish Markazi

Institution Country

Uzbekistan

Institution Website

http://www.antimon.uz

Project Leader

Thula Kaira

Institution

Zambia Competition Commission

Institution Country

zambia

Institution Website

http://www.zcc.com.zm

Project Leader

Sra. Helmis Cárdenas Villalobos

Institution

Comisión para la Defensa y Promoción de la Competencia

Institution Country

Honduras

Institution Website

http://www.cdpc.hn

Project Leader

Dr Joseph Wilson

Institution

Competition Commission of Pakistan

Institution Country

Pakistan

Institution Website

http://www.cc.gov.pk

Project Leader

Tom Coupé

Institution

Economics Education and Research Consortium, Inc.

Institution Country

Ukraine

Institution Website

http://www.kse.org.ua

Project Leader

Gaurang Meher Diljun

Institution

Energy and Resources Institute

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.teriin.org