Professor Simon Roberts: Market power, economic regulation and regional value chains in southern Africa 

Event date: 
Tuesday 17 April
Time: 
16:00
Location: 
Room 6.02, Chrystal Macmillan Building, (University of Edinburgh), 15a George Square, EH8 9LD

Seminar: Market power, economic regulation and regional value chains in southern Africa 

Professor Simon Roberts, University of Johannesburg, Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development

 

Tuesday 17 April, 16.00-17.30

Room 6.02, Chrystal Macmillan Building, (University of Edinburgh), 15a George Square, EH8 9LD 

 

A strong theme in the development agenda of donors over the past decade and more has been to 'make markets work'. One aspect of this has been the promotion of competition laws and competition authorities. This lecture considers the ways markets work in practice drawing on research in southern Africa on a range of markets and value chains. Reference will be made to markets for agricultural products and inputs, in particular. The record of competition enforcement in South Africa will then be critically assessed in light of it being held up as an example of a successful competition regime.

 

Professor Simon Roberts is the Director of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (https://www.competition.org.za/) at the University of Johannesburg. He was previously Chief Economist and Head of the Policy & Research Division, Competition Commission of South Africa, 2006-2012.