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The Promise and Pitfalls of Restructuring Network Industries

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  • Stefan Buehler

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This paper examines the competitive effects of reorganizing a network industry's vertical structure. In this industry, an upstream monopolist operates a network used as an input to produce horizontally differentiated final products that are imperfect substitutes. Three potential pitfalls of restructuring integrated network industries are analyzed: (i) double marginalization, (ii) underinvestment and (iii) vertical foreclosure. The paper studies the net effect of restructuring on retail prices and cost-reducing investment and discusses policy implications. Copyright Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2005.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 6 (2005)
Issue (Month): 2 (05)
Pages: 205-228

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Handle: RePEc:bla:germec:v:6:y:2005:i:2:p:205-228

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  1. Dieter Schmidtchen & Christoph Bier, . "Netznutzungsentgelte als Wettbewerbshindernis? Diskriminierungsanreize und Regulierung in liberalisierten Strommärkten – Eine spieltheoretische Analyse

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    ," German Working Papers in Law and Economics 2006-1-1158, Berkeley Electronic Press.
  2. Dieter Schmidtchen & Christoph Bier, . "Killing the Goose That May Have Laid the Golden Egg?," German Working Papers in Law and Economics 2005-1-1123, Berkeley Electronic Press.
  3. Ugur, Mehmet, 2009. "Liberalisation in a world of second best: evidence on European network industries," MPRA Paper 17873, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 13 Oct 2009.
  4. Growitsch, Christian & Stronzik, Marcus, 2011. "Ownership Unbundling of Gas Transmission Networks - Empirical Evidence," EWI Working Papers 2011-7, Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universitaet zu Koeln.
  5. Schmidtchen, Dieter & Bier, Christoph, 2005. "Killing the goose that may have laid the golden egg? The incentives to discriminate and the regulation of access charges in the German electricity supply industry," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2005-07, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
  6. Bier, Christoph & Schmidtchen, Dieter, 2006. ""Golden-Gans"-Effekt, Preisdiskriminierungsgefahr und die Regulierung von Netznutzungsentgelten," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2006-01, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
  7. Schmidtchen, Dieter & Bier, Christoph, 2006. "Netznutzungsentgelte als Wettbewerbshindernis? Diskriminierungsanreize und Regulierung in liberalisierten Strommärkten: Eine spieltheoretische Analyse," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2006-05, Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.
  8. Schmidtchen, Dieter & Bier, Christoph, 2006. "Netznutzungsentgelte als Wettbewerbshindernis? Diskriminierungsanreize und Regulierung in liberalisierten Strommärkten: Eine spieltheoretische Analyse," CSLE Discussion Paper Series 2006-05 [rev.], Saarland University, CSLE - Center for the Study of Law and Economics.

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