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Optimal Sliding Scale Regulation: An Application to Regional Electricity Distribution in England and Wales

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  • Hawdon, David
  • Hunt, Lester
  • Levine, Paul L
  • Rickman, Neil

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This paper examines optimal price (i.e. ‘sliding scale’) regulation of a monopoly when efficiency and managerial effort are not observed. We show how to operationalize this model of incentive regulation and use actual data from electricity distribution in England and Wales to make welfare comparisons of sliding scale regulation with a price cap regime and the First-Best (the full information case). Our method enables us to quantify technical uncertainty as faced by the electricity regulator in the 1990s and shows that there are significant welfare gains from a sliding scale relative to the price cap regime.

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Keywords: electricity distribution; regulation; sliding scale;

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  1. Marisa Miraldo & Luigi Siciliani & Andrew Street, 2008. "Price Adjustment in the Hospital Sector," Working Papers 041cherp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
  2. J.A. den Hertog, 2010. "Review of economic theories of regulation," Working Papers 10-18, Utrecht School of Economics.
  3. Francesca Stroffolini, 2009. "Access Profit-Sharing Regulation with Information Transmission and Acquisition," CSEF Working Papers 214, Centre for Studies in Economics and Finance (CSEF), University of Naples, Italy.
  4. Stroffolini, Francesca, 2012. "Access profit-sharing regulation with information acquisition and transmission," Research in Economics, Elsevier, vol. 66(2), pages 161-174.

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