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Regulations are important to protect consumers, employees and the public, conserve the environment and foster fair competition. By providing a framework for innovation, research, and global trade, regulations can establish the conditions for responsible and ethical practices in various sectors, ultimately contributing to the overall welfare of communities and the sustainable development of economies. 

However, many regulations are implemented for less positive, forward-thinking reasons, with some enacted in response to public or political pressure or because of geopolitics and protectionism. Or without a comprehensive understanding of the industries being regulated and the potential economic, social or environmental impact.

As a result, it’s vital for multinational companies operating in heavily regulated industries to understand the labyrinthian regulatory environments within which they operate and the risks they pose and take a proactive approach to influencing them.

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Trade protectionism between the US and China has been intensifying over recent years, and this is increasingly raising concerns of an adverse economic fallout among businesses. Oxford Economics collaborated with the US-China Business Council (USCBC) to help inform the policymaking process by examining two scenarios that could materialize if China’s Permanent Normalized Trade Relations (PNTR) status was revoked.

David Schockenhoff, Head of US Macro Consulting, examines these concerns and the potential economic fallout.

How We Can Help You

External Advocacy

Our evidence-based impact assessments help organisations influence decision-makers. Our policy impact evaluations provide the independent assessments across sectors and geographies necessary to guide discussions with policymakers on proposed regulations. And our unique economic modelling and analysis of a company’s or industry’s contribution to economic activity, job creation and much-needed tax revenues helps to demonstrate why their expertise should be heard as part of the framing and implementation of policy discussions.​

Oxford Economics collaborated with Meta to examine the role of digital platforms in enabling innovation in society and the need to carefully consider the trade-offs involved in the regulation of these platforms.  

Stakeholder Communication

For multinational companies facing myriad regulations, our policy impact evaluations can be an essential part of their stakeholder communication strategy. With a full understanding of a policy’s impact on their business and the broader economy, organisations can clearly articulate the potential effects for their stakeholder and their plans for adaptation.​

Internal decision-making

Our expert teams and trusted models allow us to accurately measure government policies’ impact on organisations, industries and economies, from hyper-local to global. And at any level or combination in between.  Combined with our bespoke risk monitoring and scenario analysis tools, this makes us an invaluable partner for organisations navigating multiple regulations across multiple geographies.

In addition to identifying the risks, we enable organisations to align their business strategies and long-term planning with anticipated policy changes, ensuring they are well-positioned to comply with new regulations and capitalise on emerging opportunities with informed investments, innovation and business development decisions.​


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