Monday August 3, 2020

At last, consumers get their own advocate

Real change is possible, as a single agency takes over a job that up to now was shared by many, writes Philip Lane.

3rd September, 2005

The establishment of the National Consumer Agency (NCA) marks a significant and welcome shift in how policy is formed in Ireland.

Producer groups have traditionally been more influential than consumers in influencing policymakers. They have a much stronger incentive to coordinate, to lobby the government, to restrict market competition and defend barriers to entry.

Consumers suffer from the classic free rider problem it is difficult for millions of individual consumers to band together to promote...

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