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Asymmetric effects of electricity regulatory reforms in the EU15 and in the New Member States: Empirical evidence from residential prices 1990–2011

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  • Bacchiocchi, Emanuele
  • Florio, Massimo
  • Taveggia, Giulia

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This paper shows that there are asymmetric effects of regulatory reforms within two country groups in the EU. We consider the EU27 countries, and update and enlarge the OECD/ETCR regulatory country indicators up to year 2011. When distinguishing between EU15 countries and New Member States (NMS), we find that market liberalization reduces the price of energy in the EU15 countries, while having the opposite effect for the NMS. The paper concludes that the uniform electricity market reforms in the EU apparently have had different effects between the EU15 and the NMS. This asymmetric shock is not at variance with the principles of market opening, given the different starting points, but may in turn call for different policy responses, as consumers in some NMS have faced significant price increases in a relatively short period of time.

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  • Bacchiocchi, Emanuele & Florio, Massimo & Taveggia, Giulia, 2015. "Asymmetric effects of electricity regulatory reforms in the EU15 and in the New Member States: Empirical evidence from residential prices 1990–2011," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 35(C), pages 72-90.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:35:y:2015:i:c:p:72-90
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2015.07.002
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    1. Bastianin, Andrea & Castelnovo, Paolo & Florio, Massimo, 2018. "Evaluating regulatory reform of network industries: a survey of empirical models based on categorical proxies," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 55(C), pages 115-128.
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    3. Andrea Bastianin & Paolo Castelnovo & Massimo Florio, 2017. "The Empirics of Regulatory Reforms Proxied by Categorical Variables: Recent Findings and Methodological Issues," Working Papers 2017.22, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
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    Keywords

    Electricity market reforms; Liberalization; Privatization; ETCR indicators;

    JEL classification:

    • H40 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - General
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out
    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities

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