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Testing the regulatory threat hypothesis: Evidence from Sweden

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  • Bonev, Petyo
  • Glachant, Matthieu
  • Söderberg, Magnus

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This study examines whether threat of stricter regulation influences the pricing behavior of firms. Using data on unregulated Swedish local district heating monopolists, we measure the threat level by the number of customer complaints about prices received by a national board. Exploiting a natural experiment, we find that firms reduce prices when customer complaints increase.

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  • Bonev, Petyo & Glachant, Matthieu & Söderberg, Magnus, 2020. "Testing the regulatory threat hypothesis: Evidence from Sweden," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 62(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:resene:v:62:y:2020:i:c:s0928765520300889
    DOI: 10.1016/j.reseneeco.2020.101182
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    Keywords

    Regulatory threat; Monopoly; price setting; spatial interaction; natural experiment;
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    JEL classification:

    • L12 - Industrial Organization - - Market Structure, Firm Strategy, and Market Performance - - - Monopoly; Monopolization Strategies
    • L43 - Industrial Organization - - Antitrust Issues and Policies - - - Legal Monopolies and Regulation or Deregulation

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