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Optimal Price Regulation for Natural and Legal Monopolies


  • Ingo Vogelsang

    (Boston University. Boston, MA. USA.)


Optimal price regulation for natural and legal monopolies is an impossible task. The still difficult .task of good price regulation can be systematized by considering separately price level and price structure of the regulated firm. Various methods of price level and price structure regulation are evaluated and then considered for the regulation of electricity transmission, both in the context of an independent transmission company and of vertical integration between transmission and most of the generation capacity. The regulatory approach suggested uses price caps defined on two-part tariffs. This way, flexibility for short-term capacity utilization can be combined with incentives for investments in new transmission capacity.

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  • Ingo Vogelsang, 1999. "Optimal Price Regulation for Natural and Legal Monopolies," Economía Mexicana NUEVA ÉPOCA, , vol. 0(1), pages 5-43, January-J.
  • Handle: RePEc:emc:ecomex:v:8:y:1999:i:1:p:5-43

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