Consumer Overdose and why consumer protection is good for competition

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In Competition Overdose, authors Ariel Ezrachi and Maurice Stucke identify some important and compelling situations in which the free market is not delivering good outcomes, and how this might be addressed. In this short article, I focus on one particular aspect of this wider regulatory environment, consumer protection. Competition Overdose spotlights the importance of consumer protection for ensuring that competition delivers good outcomes, and I discuss and confirm this. However, I also make an additional and important point, not covered in the book: consumer protection is good for competition itself.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)20-24
Number of pages5
Issue number1-2022
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022


  • competition policy
  • consumer policy

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