Give Consumers More Say In Antitrust Policy: Study

Law360, New York (May 23, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Competition watchdogs should give greater consideration to consumer behavior and feedback in order to advance efficiency and innovation and protect consumer welfare, a new study has found.

To better incorporate consumer priorities in competition policy, antitrust and consumer regulators need to work more closely and encourage consumer organizations to take part in activities such as merger reviews and cartel investigations, according to the study by the European public affairs consultant FIPRA Group.

“In the long term, consumer welfare is about efficiency and innovation,” said Peter-Carlo Lehrell,...
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