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Market Structure and the Pricing of Electricity and Natural Gas

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  • Christopher R. Knittel

    () (University of California at Davis and University of California Energy Institute Davis, USA)

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US Electricity and natural gas markets have traditionally been serviced by one of two market structures. In some markets, electricity and natural gas are sold by a regulated dual-product monopolist, while in other markets, electricity and natural gas are sold by separate regulated single-product monopolies. I analyze whether electricity and natural gas prices depend on the market structure and compare these results to the predictions of a number of theories. The results are most consistent with the political economy theories suggesting that regulators respond to interest group activity. Copyright Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2003.

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  • Christopher R. Knittel, 2003. "Market Structure and the Pricing of Electricity and Natural Gas," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 51(2), pages 167-191, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:51:y:2003:i:2:p:167-191
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