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09-07-2008
Denmark, Sweden and Norway in Handbook of Competition Economics 2008

Claus Kastberg Nielsen, Henrik Ballebye Okholm, Torben Thorø Pedersen, Simen Karlsen and Karl Lundvall have contributed to The Handbook of Competition Economics 2008, a Global Competition Review special report with country chapters on Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The publication was launched at the IBA's Spring meeting in Berlin on 30 June 2008.

 

Please read the chapters on Denmark, Sweden and Norway

An extract from The Handbook of Competition Economics 2008, a Global Competition Review special report - www.GlobalCompetitionReview.com <www.GlobalCompetitionReview.com>

 

For further information, please contact Henrik Ballebye Okholm

20-06-2008
The European Parliament's decision on recycling targets in line with Copenhagen Economics' recommendations

On 17 June 2008, the European Parliament voted on recycling targets. The result of the vote follows closely the recommendations from a Copenhagen Economics impact assessment of the proposed recycling targets. The report was completed in May 2008 for the European Parliament.

 

Concluding the impact assessment, we supported the proposed 50% target on household and similar waste as well as 70% on construction and demolition waste. We did not, however, not find enough evidence to support the 70% target on industrial waste and targets on waste prevention. The result of the Parliament's vote is in line with our recommendations.

 

The project work conducted by Copenhagen Economics was based on applied economic theory and comprised a series of expert interviews and testimonials, as well as extensive analysis of statistical data sources and their relevance for measuring the proposed targets.

 

Read the full report here

 

Read the press release from the European Parliament here

  

For further information, please contact Christian Jervelund

17-06-2008
Production, income and commuting in Danish municipalities

The Danish Government's 2008 report on regional politics is released. Copenhagen Economics has contributed to the report by a study on regional differences in production and income in municipalities in Denmark. We show that there is no direct link between the regional differences in production and the regional differences in income. This means that the concentration of production to economic centres does not result in increasing differences in income across the country. One likely reason for this is that people commute. The level of commuting has been increasing from 1996 to 2006 both on the aggregate level and for remote areas.

 

Read the full report here

  

For further information, please contact Partner Martin Hvidt Thelle

17-06-2008
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.

 

Read the full report here

  

For further information, please contact Martin Kyed

16-06-2008
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.

 

Read the full report here

  

For further information, please contact Partner Martin Hvidt Thelle