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How to determine the X in RPI-X regulation: a user's guide

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  • Bernstein, Jeffrey I.
  • Sappington, David E. M.

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We examine the appropriate choice of an X factor in RPI-X (or price cap) regulation. After providing a basic guideline, we explain how to modify this guideline to account for: (1) limited spans of regulatory control; (2) anticipated structural changes in the regulated industry, such as a strengthening of competitive forces; (3) major impacts of the pricing decisions of the regulated firm on the economy-wide rate of price inflation; and (4) imperfect competition outside of the regulated sector.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Telecommunications Policy.

Volume (Year): 24 (2000)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 63-68

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Handle: RePEc:eee:telpol:v:24:y:2000:i:1:p:63-68

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Keywords: X factor Price cap regulation Regulation policy;

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  1. Resende, Marcelo, 2002. "Relative efficiency measurement and prospects for yardstick competition in Brazilian electricity distribution," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 30(8), pages 637-647, June.
  2. David Hawdon & Lester C. Hunt & Paul Levine & Neil Rickman, 2007. "Optimal sliding scale regulation: an application to regional electricity distribution in England and Wales," Oxford Economic Papers, Oxford University Press, vol. 59(3), pages 458-485, July.
  3. J. Alejandro Tirado, 2005. "The Mexican fixed national long distance market: evidence of monopoly power," EconoQuantum, Revista de Economia y Negocios, Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de Ciencias Economico Administrativas, Departamento de Metodos Cuantitativos y Maestria en Economia., vol. 1(2), pages 103-123, Enero-Jun.
  4. Zimmerman, Paul R. & Flaherty, Susan M.V., 2007. "Location monopolies and prison phone rates," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 47(2), pages 261-278, May.
  5. Andreas Kuhlmann, 2006. "What is the X-Factor in the German Electricity Industry?," Ifo Working Paper Series Ifo Working Papers No. 34, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.
  6. Evangelinos, Christos, 2013. "Infrastrukturpreise: Eine normativ-theoretische Analyse," Discussion Papers 1/2013, Dresden University of Technology, Faculty of Transportation and Traffic Sciences "Friedrich List", Institute for Transport and Economics.

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