Competition Policies and Consumer Welfare

Competition Policies and Consumer Welfare

Corporate Strategies and Consumer Prices in Developing Countries

Edited by Lahcen Achy and Susan Joekes

The fundamental goal of competition law is to support productivity and innovativeness; in fact, the short-term effect of enforcement actions is often a reduction in product prices. This book reports the findings of consumer market studies into a range of goods and services in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It finds a pervasive lack of competition in those markets, which not only reduces the standard of living of consumers, including poor and vulnerable groups, but also softens the incentives on firms to improve the efficiency of their operations and the quality of their products

Chapter 10: Public procurement in India

Nitya Nanda, Shiju M.V. and Gaurang Meher Diljun

Subjects: development studies, development economics, law and development, economics and finance, competition policy, political economy, law - academic, competition and antitrust law


This chapter examines the relationship between public procurement and competition in India. It describes the regulatory framework that has been in force until recently, the procurement practices that resulted and the types of abuse that have occurred from the competition perspective. It also discusses recent efforts at reform. Public procurement refers to the acquisition of goods and services by a public authority using public funds; this chapter deals mostly with purchase of goods. It covers both government spending and purchases by state-owned enterprises.

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