The Effects of Public Ownership and Regulatory Independence on Regulatory Outcomes
AbstractWe examine the effects of public ownership and regulatory agency independence on regulatory outcomes in EU telecommunications. Specifically, we study regulated interconnect rates paid by entrants to incumbents. We find that public ownership of the incumbent positively affects these interconnect rates, and suggest that governments influence regulatory outcomes in favor of incumbents in which they are substantially invested. However, we also find that the presence of institutional features enhancing regulatory independence from the government mitigates this effect. In order to study regulatory independence, we introduce a new cross-country time-series database—the European Union Regulatory Institutions (EURI) Database. This database describes the development of institutions bearing on regulatory independence and quality in telecommunications in the 15 founding EU member states from 1997 to 2003 Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006
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Volume (Year): 29 (2006)
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European Union; European Union Regulatory Institutions (EURI) Database; interconnect rates; National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs); privatization; public ownership; regulatory independence; regulatory outcomes; telecommunications; H11; K23; L43; L96; O52; O57;
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- H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
- K23 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Regulated Industries and Administrative Law
- L43 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation
- L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
- O52 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe
- O57 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Comparative Studies of Countries
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