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Will electricity deregulation push inflation lower?

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  • Mark E. Schweitzer
  • Eric C. Thompson

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Deregulation of electricity generation will offer consumers many advantages, including dramatically lower energy costs. From a macroeconomic viewpoint, electricity purchases are interesting because they are a major component of consumers’ budgets (and thus of the CPI) and a large factor of production for many companies. This raises the possibility that electricity deregulation could create a substantial shock to the overall price trend, comparable to other recent energy shocks. The benefits to consumers and producers identified in this article strongly support legislative efforts to increase competition in one of the last strongholds of regulated profits.

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  • Mark E. Schweitzer & Eric C. Thompson, 2000. "Will electricity deregulation push inflation lower?," Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, issue Q III, pages 2-12.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcer:y:2000:i:qiii:p:2-12
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    1. Ben S. Bernanke & Mark Gertler & Mark Watson, 1997. "Systematic Monetary Policy and the Effects of Oil Price Shocks," Brookings Papers on Economic Activity, Economic Studies Program, The Brookings Institution, vol. 28(1), pages 91-157.
    2. Stephen P.A. Brown & Mine K. Yücel, 1999. "Oil prices and U.S. aggregate economic activity: a question of neutrality," Economic and Financial Policy Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, issue Q II, pages 16-23.
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