National champions in times of crisis

Política de Competencia, Política Industrial y Campeones Nacionales en Tiempos de Crisis (Competition Policy, Industrial Policy and National Champions in Times of Crisis), by Juan Delgado and Eva Ferraz

Published in El Derecho de la Competencia en Tiempos de Crisis (S. Martínez Lage and A. Petitbò, eds). Fundación Rafael del Pino y Marcial Pons. Colección Derecho no 34, 2010

The economic crisis has revived the debate on public policies to support the so-called “national champions”. There are multiple examples in which different governments have been accused of protecting domestic firms against a variety of potential risks. This chapter reviews the (in)efficiency of various public interventions aiming to protect specific firms and industries. The chapter advocates for a pro-competitive industrial policy compatible with antitrust rules.

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