Below are details of reports recently published under the OFT's ongoing programme of economic research. Further current and completed research is available, listed through the links at the bottom of the page.
Research reports can also be accessed through the economic research publications page.
Most recent economic research
Cost pass-through: theory, measurement, and potential policy implications
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Cost pass-through arises when a business changes the prices of the products or services it supplies following a change in its costs. The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has commissioned RBB Economics to undertake a comprehensive review of the literature on cost-pass through as pass-through is relevant across much of the OFT's work. The report highlights that cost pass-through is likely to differ according to a number of factors (such as the responsiveness of demand and supply conditions a business faces) and contains guidance for practitioners dealing with pass-through related issues.