Independent regulators: Theory, evidence and reform proposals
AbstractRegulatory independence has been proposed as a mechanism to alleviate the commitment problem associated with the sunk nature of investments in network industries. This paper summarizes the author's and others' work in this field (to take stock of several years of research) and, in addition, includes a new exercise that uses instrumental variables to endogenize both de jure and de facto regulatory independence. The institution of regulatory independence has costs as well as benefits; the positive, significant impact on industry performance is, however, most likely to be quantitatively modest. As a result of the empirical evidence and the assessment of the literature, a number of reform proposals are made to improve the institution's effectiveness.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by IESE Business School in its series IESE Research Papers with number D/860.
Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 07 May 2010
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regulation; independence; strategic delegation;
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- Joanne Evans & Paul Levine & Neil Rickman & Francesc Trillas, 2011. "Delegation to Independent Regulators and the Ratchet Effect," School of Economics Discussion Papers, School of Economics, University of Surrey 0911, School of Economics, University of Surrey.
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