Acacia Economics is part of a team assisting the Competition Authority of Kenya in carrying out a market inquiry in the leasing market in Kenya. The aim of the work is to understand the competitive dynamics in the sector and identify any impediments to competition which may be hindering the growth of the sector.
Analysis of competition in traditional and digital banking services for the Kenya Banking Inquiry Phase II, 2015 - 2017
Sha’ista Goga and Ryan Hawthorne carried out phase II of a market inquiry into the banking sector for the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK). This was focused on identifying and understanding factors that impact on competition dynamics in both traditional and digital banking services from a demand side or customer perspective. A key focus was understanding the ability of customers to impose competitive discipline on banks. This involved assessing facets such as price transparency and switching. The study assessed the extent to which banks provided adequate disclosure, the extent to which customers were able to meaningfully engage with information provided, and the ease, ability and incentive for consumers to switch. Furthermore, the study looked at whether a lack of consumer engagement and barriers to switching undermined incentives for banks to compete in parameters such as price, quality of service and innovation. The study used a combination of qualitative, quantitative and experimental methods. Behavioural economics experiments were engaged in to understand barriers to switching and to determine whether prompts could be use to enhance competitive behaviour.
Economic analysis conducted for a market inquiry into USSD in Kenya for the Competition Authority of Kenya, 2015 - 2016
Acacia Economics, together with Macmillan Keck Attorneys & Solicitors, that conducted a market inquiry into unstructured supplementary services data (USSD) in Kenya for the Competition Authority of Kenya.