05.08.2016 – CMA Framework Agreement

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has appointed Economic Insight to its framework agreement in relation to: Social and Economic Research and Analysis Related to Competition and Consumer Policy and Regulation, Industry and Market-Specific Research and Technical Analysis, and Specialist Advice Relating to Competition and Regulatory Finance and Accounting.  We are delighted to be one of the CMA’s trusted…

03.08.2016 – Ofgem consults on Principles for Suppliers and Consequential Amendments to the RMR Clearer Information Tools

Today, Ofgem published a consultation, which includes the amendments it is proposing to make to the Retail Market Review (RMR) Clearer Information tools, in light of the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s recommendation to remove the majority of the RMR Simpler Tariff Choices rules.  Economic Insight is advising Ofgem in relation to these changes. The…

03.08.2016 – Northern Ireland Water Appointment

Northern Ireland Water (NI Water) has appointed Economic Insight as its expert economics advisors in relation to both the PC15 price control process and to assist with aspects of the company’s PC21 Business Plan. The scope of our advice will include: cost assessment, efficiency, regulatory finance, and tariff design. We are delighted to be working…

01.08.2016 – Insights

Our latest batch of Insights is now available for download from the publications section of our website.  Firstly, in The Placebo effect – experimenting on consumers we show how different types of “social information” (such as star ratings and comments) influences individual buying behaviour and how to measure the effects based on an innovative laboratory…

22.07.2016 – Utility Week Article

Utility Week has published an article by James Harvey “Testing the waters”.  The article discusses how conducting  experiments can be a useful technique for companies to find out what services their customers want and what they are willing to pay for them.  It also sets out Economic Insight’s online experiment in relation to energy retail. …

08.07.2016 – CMA Legal Services Market Study Interim Report

The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has decided not to make a market investigation reference under section 131 of the Enterprise Act 2002, following the publication of its legal services market study interim report. The market study encompasses ‘legal services’ in a broad sense, including regulated and unregulated services across a range of different…

01.07.2016 – ORR Report

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) published Economic Insight’s report A cross-sector review of outcomes frameworks to inform early work for its Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2).  Our report reviews 15 outcomes frameworks across healthcare, water, transport, energy, post, and education.  It drew inferences both in terms of  the design of outcomes frameworks and the process…