Market Studies Information Store
Market studies are listed in reverse date order.
Purpose of the information store
The market studies information store has the aim of facilitating the sharing of knowledge and best practice on market studies.
It is hoped that the store will be useful in identifying ICN members’ market studies experience in particular sectors, which may assist fellow ICN members with:
- identifying issues for study
- the cross-fertilisation of ideas about market issues
- identifying approaches to particular market problems
- identifying ICN members who may be able to assist/advise further on their experience of conducting market studies in particular sectors.
Using the information store
The information store contains details of market studies conducted by ICN members, which ICN members have kindly provided. The information store was first updated in December 2009 with market studies covering 2005-2009, and again in December 2015, covering 2010-2015.
For many ICN members, the information store contains details of market studies covering the entire period of 2005-2015. For some ICN members the information available may cover only one of these time periods.
Entries in the information store include the following information:
- source of idea for the study
- reason for the study (what were the problems)
- end date/duration of the study
- the outcome of the study (where known, as some of the studies may still be on-going or their purpose may only have been to research the sector or acquire knowledge)
- a link, if available, to the market study report (if possible the link will be to the English language version, where this is not possible then the link will be to the report in the authority language)
The range of possible outcomes of market studies included in the store are:
- competition enforcement action
- consumer enforcement action
- consumer education
- business education
- voluntary business compliance
- voluntary business action
- recommendations to government for changes in the law
- recommendations to government to change market structure
- recommendations for changes to government policy
- referral to third parties
- no problems found
Contacting other authorities to discuss their market studies
If ICN members have used the information store to identify other ICN members who may be able to assist/advise further on their market studies experience in particular sectors, it is suggested that they contact the relevant ICN member using the central ICN contacts list. Contacts on that list can then put information store users in touch with appropriate personnel within the relevant ICN member authority.
The ICN member directory can be found here