Guide to OECD Product Market Regulation Statistics

Introduction

The OECD Product Market Regulation Statistics database provides a comprehensive and unique set of internationally comparable indicators measuring the degree to which policies promote or inhibit competition in areas of the product market where competition is viable.  Although consistent across time and countries, users of the data must be aware that they may no longer fully reflect the current situation in fast reforming countries.

Main Topics

Within UKDS.Stat, the OECD Product Market Regulation Statistics are presented in the following datasets (not all data are available for all countries for all years.):

Economy-wide regulation

This dataset measures the economy-wide regulatory and market environments in 30+ OECD countries in (or around) 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, and in another 20+ non-OECD countries in 2013. The indicators cover formal regulations in the following areas: state control of business enterprises; legal and administrative barriers to entrepreneurship; barriers to international trade and investment.

Sectoral Regulation

This group of datasets provides indicators on regulation in professional services, regulation in retail trade, regulation in energy, transport and communications and regulation impact:

Professional services  

The OECD cross-section sectoral indicators measure regulatory conditions in the professional services and retail distribution sectors. The professional services indicators cover entry and conduct regulation in the legal, accounting, engineering, and architectural professions. They are now estimated for the years 1996, 2003, around 2008 and 2013 for over 30 OECD countries and for another set of non-OECD countries for 2013.

Energy, transport and communications

The OECD indicators of regulation in energy, transport and communications (ETCR) summarise regulatory provisions in seven sectors: telecoms, electricity, gas, post, rail, air passenger transport, and road freight. The ETCR indicators have been estimated in a long-time series and are therefore well suited for time-series analysis. The ETCR time series was updated, revised and now cover 34 OECD countries and a set of non-OECD countries for 2013. Users of the data must be aware that they may no longer fully reflect the current situation in fast reforming countries. Not all data are available for all countries for all years.

Retail trade

The OECD cross-section sectoral indicators measure regulatory conditions in the professional services and retail distribution sectors. The retail indicators cover barriers to entry, operational restrictions, and price controls. They are estimated for over 30 OECD countries for the years 1998, 2003, around 2008 and 2013 and for another set of non-OECD countries for 2013.

ACCESS OECD DATA

Access to the OECD Product Market Regulation Statistics via UKDS.Stat is freely available to all.

Effective July 15th 2015, the UK Data Service made access to OECD online statistics databases free to all users. Please refer to the OECD’s Terms and Conditions, including information on ‘What can you do with OECD published content (data, text and multimedia products).

USER RESOURCES

The OECD also provides the following useful resource associated with this dataset:

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