The Netherlands Authority for Consumers & Markets (ACM) has organised a conference on “Impact Assessment of Interventions of Competition and Consumer Authorities”, to pay tribute to the ten-year anniversary of the ACM’s (former NMa’s) Chief Economist Office. The conference has taken place at NEMO Science Museum in the centre of Amsterdam on November 16, 2016.
Over the last few years, impact assessment has received a lot of attention from government and market authorities. ACM has also invested in estimating the effectiveness of its interventions. Due to impact assessment, market authorities can learn and improve upon their future interventions. Moreover, they can publicly justify their work, since it gives insight into the effectiveness of their actions: economic effects for consumers as well as behavioural changes by producers and suppliers. During the conference we assess various methodologies used in impact assessment, and the lessons learned in impact assessments carried out by various competition and consumer authorities.