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Consumer Policy Toolkit
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  16 Jul 2010
Pages: 128 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264079656 , OECD Code: 932010011P1
Price:   €30 | $40 | £25 | ¥3700 | MXN540 , Standard shipping included!
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The markets for goods and services have undergone significant changes over the past 20 years. Regulatory reform, global markets, new technologies and growth in the role of services in economic activity have driven the changes which, in many instances, have provided significant benefits to consumers. Relatively little attention has been paid to the challenges these developments have posed for consumers. More choice and more complexity in many markets have made it increasingly difficult for them to compare and assess the value of products and services. The challenges for consumers have raised similar challenges for the government authorities responsible for protecting them from unfair commercial practices and fraud.

This book examines how markets have evolved and provides insights for improved consumer policy making. It explores, for the first time, how what we have learned through the study of behavioural economics is changing the way policy makers are addressing problems.

Table of contents:

Foreword and Preface
Executive Summary
Chapter 1. The Changing Consumer and Market Landscape
-Changes in markets
-Changes in consumers
Chapter 2. The Economics of Consumer Policy
-Conventional Approach
-Behavioural economics
Chapter 3. Identifying and Analysing Consumer Market Problems
-What is consumer detriment?
-How can markets be screened to detect problems where consumer detriment may exist?
-Analysis of market problems
-Annex 3.A1 - Assessing Consumer Detriment
Chapter 4. Consumer Policy Instruments
-Consumer education and awareness
-Information provision and disclosure
-Contract-term regulation
-Cooling-off periods
-Moral suasion
-Codes of conduct and trustmarks
-Licensing and accreditation
-Financial instruments
-Dispute resolution and redress mechanisms
-Enforcement strategies
Chapter 5. Consumer Policy Decision Making
-General and operational objectives of consumer policy
-Rationale for intervening in markets
-Evaluating consumer problems
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