Disclosure policies

Participation in the CEPR Competition Policy RPN either as a member or as a (vocal) participant in events requires adherence to the RPN’s disclosure policies.  These are defined both by a general principle as well as specific guidelines.  If either applies, then disclosure is required.  The general principle and specific guidelines are provided below.

Disclosures for RPN members should include both (1) a “general disclosure” (related to all potential topics covered by the RPN, i.e. competition policy generally) as well as (2) “event-specific disclosures” (related to the specific topic covered by an event).  General disclosures for RPN members will be reported on the RPN website; event-specific disclosures for all participants in an event (including those that are RPN members) will be reported on the event website.

Further Details

General principle:  If an RPN member or (vocal) participant in RPN event has a financial or non-financial interest that a reasonable person might think relevant, then this should be disclosed.

Specific guidelines:  Any RPN member, speaker, discussant, moderator, questioner, or commentator (words in bold defined below):

  • Should identify any interested party from whom he or she has received financial payments summing to at least 10,000 Euros in the past three years.
  • Should identify any interested party from whom he or she has received research support summing to at least 10,000 Euros in the past three years.
  • Should identify any interested party from whom his or her employer has received institutional support summing to at least 50,000 Euros in the past three years.

Definitions:

• An interested party is any individual, group, or organization that has a financial, ideological, or political stake related to the topic being discussed.

Financial payments can take the form of consultant fees, retainers, salary support, or any other benefit of direct monetary value.

Research support is money or other benefits given to the individual to finance his/her research, including but not limited to research grants, research budgets, and/or access to proprietary datasets.

Institutional support is money given to an institution to finance its research, to fund its research positions (e.g. professors, post-docs, and/or PhD students), to have it host conferences or workshops, or to finance similar related activities.

 

RPN Member Disclosure Policies - to view the RPN member disclosures click here

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(1) Those who attend RPN events but do not wish to speak are not required to adhere to these disclosure policies.