Hertford Seminar in Regulation (Oxford)
"Regulation in the Water Sector: Tools available to get the best deal for customers"
Hertford College, Oxford. 5pm coffee, 5:30pm seminar. Dinner to follow at the High Table restaurant.
Hertford Seminars are attended by an invited audience and numbers are strictly limited. If you would like to be added to the invitation list for Hertford Seminars, or to register interest in these events, please contact Ghislaine King
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Hertford Seminar in Regulation (Oxford)
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"Legal services regulation: past, present, and future". By kind permission of Hogan Lovells the Hertford Seminar in December was held in Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG.
The theme of this year’s conference is getting the balance right between competition and regulatory intervention, with particular focus on financial services and energy markets. Sessions will examine developments in financial services regulation; market power assessments and controlling abuse; proposals for reform of energy markets; the role of technology and consumer changes in retail markets; and a wider consideration of the relationship between infrastructure investment, economic growth and affordability.
Speakers included Sir John Vickers (All Souls College, Oxford), Chris Woolard (Financial Conduct Authority) and Professor Amelia Fletcher (UEA, formerly OFT). A number of presentations from the conference are available.
The Annual Competition Conference concluded with the Inaugural Lecture of our new Zeeman Lecture Series when Professor Klemperer, Edgeworth Professor of Economics, Oxford University, described a new auction for the Bank of England.
Starting from a famous proposition of Keynes (examined in a Hertford Seminar of long ago) -- The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood -- Professor George Yarrow, Chairman, Regulatory Policy Institute assessed some of the developments in economic thinking that have occurred over recent decades, and will consider aspects of their relationships with policymaking processes.
A one day conference examining the performance of independent regulatory agencies and assessing the factors that appear to have significant effects on regulatory conduct, in order to draw out implications for the future evolution of independent regulation. Many presentations from the conference are available.
Competition Policy Conferences
Occasional conferences & seminars
Please see the RPI response, September 2013.
RPI chairman George Yarrow has submitted brief note in response to the MoJ's call for evidence in the context of its review of legal services regulation.
Regina Finn and Simon Less outline different forms of regulatory capture in the latest publication in the 'Letters and Notes on Regulation' series.
In the recent contribution to 'Letters and Notes', Dr Nigel Evans assesses proposals for the introduction of a ‘Capacity Market’ into wholesale electricity trading arrangements.
Consistent with earlier Ofgem analysis of evidence on the effects of capacity payments in the immediate post-privatisation period, he concludes that such regulation is: unnecessary for security or supply; likely to be costly to consumers; liable to distort the wholesale market and can be expected to impede more effective demand-side participation in the market.
The recently published Expert Panel final report for Australia’s Standing Council on Energy and Resources may be of interest to those concerned with issues surrounding reviews of regulatory decision making; see also the Standing Council on Energy Resources website.
This RPI report was commissioned by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and published in late 2012. It further develops some of the material in the earlier report for the Legal Services Board (see below), and contains a critique of existing 'econometric' work on the economic contribution of legal services. Report.
The paper was referenced in Commissioner Viviane Reding's address to the recent plenary session of the CCBE.
A presentation by George Yarrow to a Pallanza Group seminar held at Sestri Levante in October 2012.
See also Professor Gordon Hughes's presentation How can we address the high costs of renewables? to the same conference, and his earlier papers The Myth of Green Jobs and Why wind power is so expensive.
- Energy Regulation: lessons from experience, Colin Robinson
- Market definition and market power in the airport sector: competition from outside the relevant market, David Starkie
- Airport-airline relationships and contracts: a proposal, David Starkie
- The UK’s carbon price floor policy, George Yarrow