Current research is part of the OFT's Economic Discussion Paper series. If you would like to comment on the paper, please write to email@example.com or the corresponding staff at the address below. The views expressed in these papers do not necessarily reflect the views of the OFT nor the legal position under existing competition or consumer law which the OFT applies in exercise of its enforcement functions. Rather the aim of the report is to provide some evidence and promote economic debate on the interesting issue. The OFT welcomes suggestions for future research topics on all aspects of UK competition and consumer policy.
The OFT launched a call for information on online personalised pricing practices on 15 November. As part of this, we are undertaking a review of the relevant economic literature, with a focus on the following research question:
The OFT commissioned research into the effects of Reverse Fixed Payments including slotting allowances, listings and 'pay-to-stay' fees and fixed fees for promotional activities. The research project is aimed at identifying under what circumstances such payments can result in exclusion, a softening of competition or lead to efficiencies. This research will involve a review of the available theoretical and empirical evidence and identification of key policy implications of the findings.
Back to: Economic research