New record in the integration of the Øresund Region

For the eighth year in a row, Copenhagen Economics presents the Øresund Index. The index is produced for Öresund Industri- & Handelskammare and measures the integration between the Danish and Swedish sides of the Øresund Region. The Øresund Index 2008 shows an increase in the integration compared to last year - it reaches 72 which is 4 index points higher than in 2007. The expected value of a fully integrated Øresund Region is 100.


The increase in integration across Øresund is primarily due to the development on the labour market. Danish companies have increasingly focused on Swedish labour resources and many Swedes have found work in Denmark. As a consequence, the traffic across Øresund has also increased. Trade activities and cooperation between Swedish and Danish companies has, on the contrary, decreased.


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For further information, please contact Martin Kyed

The aggregate price level as a key indicator for the state of competition in the Danish economy

Since 1999, the Danish Competition Authority has used the aggregate price level as the key indicator of the state of competition in the Danish economy. The Danish Chamber of Commerce, Dansk Erhverv, has asked Copenhagen Economics to assess whether the aggregate Danish price level is a good key indicator for the state of competition in the Danish economy. We conclude that the aggregate price level is influenced by many factors and in practice it is impossible to isolate the price effect of competition. We recommend that the Danish Competition Authority discontinues its focus at the aggregate price level in Denmark and instead devotes more attention to competition investigation of specific markets. This will yield a more fruitful discussion about concrete actions that can improve the competition in Denmark.


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For further information, please contact Partner Martin Hvidt Thelle

Report on recycling targets on waste

The European Parliament has commissioned Copenhagen Economics to assess the impact of targets on waste in different segments. Following European Commission's proposal of the Waste Framework Directive and Council common position, the European Parliament has proposed a set of amendments to establish binding targets.


In our report, we conclude that 50% recycling of household and similar waste and 70% of construction and demolition waste seem feasible to reach for Member States. For both targets, evidence suggests that some Member States today are already complying with these targets. However, different Member States will face different compliance costs due to circumstances outside their influence, such as geography and composition of waste.


However, proper data definitions are currently not in place for setting enforceable targets. This is even more so for industrial waste whereby it is currently not suitable to set a target on industrial waste.


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For further information, please contact Christian Jervelund

Conference on Public Affairs in a Changing Environment

On 9 May 2008 Dr Claus Kastberg Nielsen, Managing Director and partner in Copenhagen Economics, discussed the strenghts and weaknesses of The Scientific-based Argument at a presentation for the Annual Meeting of the Association of European Political Consultants. The conference was hosted by Radius Kommunikation. The subject of the conference was climate change and trends within public affairs.


For further information, please contact Dr Claus Kastberg Nielsen 

Simen Karlsen is appointed Senior Economist per 1 June 2008

Simen Karlsen is appointed Senior Economist at Copenhagen Economics per 1 June 2008. Mr Karlsen has proven to be a valuable and loyal colleague at Copenhagen Economics, and through perseverance and great efforts he has contributed to solving projects to the satisfaction of our clients. Furthermore has Mr Karlsen been head of a goal-oriented effort within marketing in Norway in 2008.