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The School of Economics has a long history of research leadership in theoretical and applied industrial economics, competition policy and regulation. The Journal of Industrial Economics first edited from UEA as long ago as the 1980s. 

The Industrial Economics group  is closely aligned with the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) which facilitates close collaboration with competition economists located in the Law School and Norwich Business School, as well as researchers in other disciplines working on other perspectives of competition policy within and beyond UEA. Research undertaken at CCP has real-world application and value while retaining its academic rigour.

Our group members maintain on-going advisory/membership links with competition agencies and regulatory bodies including the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the OECD, and the European Commission (EC). Many other organisations have consulted CCP research; these include the Treasury, Which?, Ofwat, Ofcom, Ofgem and MONITOR (Department of Health), amongst many others.

Our research is rooted in competition and regulatory policy, where practice often runs alongside theory. Engagement with practitioners both informs research, and leads to dissemination of results to non-academic audiences. For example, the research on price guarantees, policy evaluation, and anti price discrimination regulations flows directly out of close understanding of the issues facing practitioners. CCP researchers feed research findings into commissioned reports and responses to consultations e.g. contributions to European Commission and UK Competition guidelines on merger control, and on the methodology of allocating resources within the UK Office of Fair Trading.

Our interactions with both public and private sectors range from responding to consultations, invited attendance at ministerial meetings, inviting groups to UEA for "brainstorming" sessions, responding to media interest, and membership of the Centre on Competition in Europe. We have recently hosted visits from senior staff at the BBC, Centre on Regulation in Europe, CMA, FCA, ORR, Yare Valley Water, Consumer Focus, the African Forum for Utility Regulators, and the Competition Commission of South Africa. 

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