Fingleton, John, 'Standards of competition in the Irish economy'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVII, 1996/1997, pp87-127
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVII 1996/1997
This paper argues that the Irish economy is characterised by high levels of industrial
concentration and weak competition. Competition rules introduced in 1991 and
strengthened in 1996 have had a significant effect in many markets, but the most
extremely anti-competitive markets have remained from these rules. In some
instances, political lobbying has resulted in unjustified protection from competition.
The paper recommends that further improvements to competition rules are required
and, most importantly, that all sectors of the economy should be exposed to these
rules in a way that is not susceptible to political interference.
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