The Centre for Competition Policy (CCP)at the University of East Anglia (UEA) was established in 2000 to conduct interdisciplinary research into competition policy, including market regulation, which has real-world policy relevance without compromising academic rigour.
Economic analysis provides a formal understanding of how consumers, firms and markets behave, of when markets fail for lack of competition, and of the consequences of policy interventions. Legal analysis is necessary because the courts establish standards and provide the framework within which competition agencies have to operate. Business management provides practical insights as to how firms actually behave, and political science provides insights to the design and development of policies, as well as the bodies that implement them. From 2004 to 2014 CCP was awarded a ten year core funding grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to establish it as a Research Centre of Excellence. It now supports its research through core funding from public sector members, research contracts and grants, and income from teaching and training.
CCP has experience in conducting analyses of many sectors of the economy, including the utilities (especially energy markets), the banking sector, the media and creative industries, mobile telecommunications, and the healthcare sector. The Centre has expertise in a range of methodologies, including economic modelling, econometric and statistical analysis, surveys, interviews, and experiments.
CCP is a collaborative venture between four UEA Schools of Study: three in the Faculty of Social Sciences: Norwich Business School, UEA Law School and the School of Economics (uea.ac.uk/economics); and the School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.