ESRI highly critical of Coughlan’s ‘dangerous’ grocery conduct code

Proposals by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan for a code of conduct for the grocery sector will lead to higher prices and lower consumer welfare, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned.

17th October, 2009

Proposals by Tánaiste Mary Coughlan for a code of conduct for the grocery sector will lead to higher prices and lower consumer welfare, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has warned.

In a highly critical paper, entitled How to Do a Lot of Harm by Trying to Do a Bit of Good, the think-tank said the proposals were protectionist, backward and should be withdrawn by the government. In the 43-page submission to...

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