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Regulatory Agencies: Impact on Firm Performance and Social Welfare

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  • Antonio Estache
  • Martin A. Rossi

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We explore the relation between the establishment of a regulatory agency and the performance of the electricity sector. We exploit a dataset comprising firmlevel information on a representative sample of 220 electric utilities from 51 development countries for the period 1985 to 2005. Our results indicate that regulatory agencies are associated with more efficient firms and with higher social welfare.

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Paper provided by ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles in its series Working Papers ECARES with number 2009_010.

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Length: 26 p.
Date of creation: 2009
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Handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2009_010

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Keywords: Regulatory agency; performance; electricity; private ownership.;

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