Daniel Traca

Visiting Professor of Economics and Political Science
Costa Rica has been widely praised for its policies to attract R&D intensive multinational firms to invest in the country. Most notably, it succeeded in attracting Intel in a global competition among 15 nations. This investment put Costa Rica on the map as an excellent destination for high tech manufacturing.

Published 01 Sep 2005

Reference 5307

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Other Regions

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This case uses the example of EDF and of the European liberation of energy markets to study public-utility deregulation. While by 2002, more than 80% of the EU electricity market was open to competition, France has been slowing down its deregulation process.

Published 01 Mar 2004

Reference 5189

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Europe

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This case describes the turmoil in the Australian airline industry, after the entry of low cost carriers Virgin Blue and Impulse in 2000. The events led to a dramatic consolidation by 2002, with fears of even greater threats to competition than before deregulation. The case looks at the challenges to industry regulators, as well and the companies involved.

Published 01 Jan 2004

Reference 5179

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Other Regions

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Case A: Describes the development of e-inclusion, HP's program aimed at addressing the Digital Divide. It follows the project from its initial focus of corporate responsibility to its goal of developing new, profitable markets among the underserved.

Published 01 Jan 2004

Reference 5168

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Asia

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Case B describes the initial developments in the Kuppam i-community, in India, a pilot project, under the auspices of e-inclusion, aimed at researching the potential to find a market for IT products and services and for HP’s competences among the poor.

Published 01 Jan 2004

Reference 5168

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Asia

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On March 2000, the European Commission rejected Volvo’s application for competition clearance of the Scania acquisition on the ground that it would give the merged firms a virtual monopoly in Sweden and a clearly dominant position in the Nordic area. Such case leads to the following questions: Why is competition policy necessary? How do you measure market power? How to define the market?

Published 05 Jan 2003

Reference 5107

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Europe

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On March 2000, the European Commission rejected Volvo’s application for competition clearance of the Scania acquisition on the ground that it would give the merged firms a virtual monopoly in Sweden and a clearly dominant position in the Nordic area. Such case leads to the following questions: Why is competition policy necessary? How do you measure market power? How to define the market?

Published 05 Jan 2003

Reference 5107

Topic Economics & Finance

Region Europe

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The case considers the problem of diversifying Chile's economy, in particular its export industries, away from primary products and toward manufacturing.

Published 16 May 2002

Reference 5022

Topic Economics & Finance

Region South America

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The case analyses the failed introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Europe by Monsanto. Showing how a favourable context (the legacy of mad-cow disease) made it relatively easy for consumer groups and environmentalists to wage successful anti-GMO campaigns in Europe, the case examines how Monsanto attempted to deal with its image problem and how the company’s efforts backfired.

Published 12 Jan 2002

Reference 4932

Topic Strategy

Region Europe

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The case analyses the failed introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in Europe by Monsanto. Showing how a favourable context (the legacy of mad-cow disease) made it relatively easy for consumer groups and environmentalists to wage successful anti-GMO campaigns in Europe, the case examines how Monsanto attempted to deal with its image problem and how the company's efforts backfired.

Published 01 May 2001

Reference 4932

Topic Strategy

Industry Food and Beverages Production

Region Europe

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Economic Policy