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Capital Waste in the Rate-of-Return Regulated Firm

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  • Sherman, Roger
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    Here it is shown how capital waste can be motivated under rate-of-return regulation, even when the marginal product of capital is positive. This result means that the sign of the marginal product of capital is not adequate as a basis for defining waste. The wasteful use of capital is motivated to avoid an inelastic region of demand, and involves pricing as well as technical input decisions of the firm. Copyright 1992 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Regulatory Economics.

    Volume (Year): 4 (1992)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 197-204

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:4:y:1992:i:2:p:197-204

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    2. Uri, Noel D., 2003. "The adoption of incentive regulation and its effect on technical efficiency in telecommunications in the United States," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(1), pages 21-34, October.
    3. Noel Uri, 2002. "A Note on Measuring the Productivity Offset for Regulatory Purposes," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 201-211, May.
    4. Uri, Noel D., 2001. "Regulation and Measurement of the Productivity Offset," Economic Analysis and Policy (EAP), Queensland University of Technology (QUT), School of Economics and Finance, vol. 31(2), pages 187-203, September.
    5. Noel Uri, 2003. "The Effect of Incentive Regulation in Telecommunications in the United States," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 37(2), pages 169-191, May.
    6. Larry Blank & John Mayo, 2009. "Endogenous Regulatory Constraints and the Emergence of Hybrid Regulation," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer, vol. 35(3), pages 233-255, November.
    7. Ohler, Adrienne M., 2014. "Behavior of the firm under rate-of-return regulation with two capital inputs," The Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Elsevier, vol. 54(1), pages 61-69.
    8. Uri, Noel D., 2001. "The effect of incentive regulation on productive efficiency in telecommunications," Journal of Policy Modeling, Elsevier, vol. 23(8), pages 825-846, November.
    9. Uri, Noel D., 2000. "Price caps and the error in X-factor calculations," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 12(4), pages 329-339, December.
    10. Noel Uri, 2001. "Telecommunications in the United States and Changing Productive Efficiency," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 1(3), pages 321-335, September.
    11. Noel Uri, 2003. "Service Quality Effects of Incentive Regulation on Access Service in Telecommunications in the United States," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 16(3), pages 369-390, November.

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