About the Office of Competition and Economic
The Office of Competition and Economic Analysis provides industry
and policy decisionmakers with information on the impacts of economic
and regulatory policies on U.S. manufacturing and services industries.
OCEA performs in-depth industry analysis on the effects of both
domestic and foreign policy developments on U.S. business competitiveness.
Our core projects are benchmarking the environment facing U.S.
industry, analyzing regulatory reform outcomes, issuing antitrust
exemption certificates for export trading company mergers, and
assessing foreign governments' investments in the United States.
How does OCEA incorporate competitiveness analysis
into its program of work?
Competitiveness means different things to different people. To
an economist, it may mean how well a country is performing compared
to other economies, as embodied in the standard of living and
changes in national productivity. To a policy maker, it may mean
how a new regulation changes the ability of affected businesses
to compete. To a business owner, it may mean changes in profitability
as reflected in market share for its goods and services in a low-cost
market place. There is no clear-cut definition of competitiveness
that is acceptable to all. Thus, it is necessary to interpret
competitiveness as best suits one's needs and mission. (more)