In Wake of European Commission Fines on Carmakers, Economists Assess the Societal Cost of Corporate Collusion on Emissions Technology

There are several ways for a business to make a dollar, and an often illegal one is collusion among corporations. But the usual practice is an agreement to keep prices high or quantities low. Less investigated, however, is collusion on non-compliance of regulations — and in the auto industry, those often mean environmental regulations.

Study of auto recalls shows carmakers delay announcements until they can ‘hide in the herd’

Automotive recalls are occurring at record levels, but seem to be announced after inexplicable delays. A research study of 48 years of auto recalls announced in the United States finds carmakers frequently wait to make their announcements until after a competitor issues a recall – even if it is unrelated to similar defects.