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Regulation of Public Utilities under Asymmetric Information

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  • Serge Garcia

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  • Alban Thomas

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We consider the relationship between a localcommunity and a private operator in charge ofthe water utility. An important feature of themodel is the possibility of water networklosses that are costly to the operator. Wecompute the first-best and asymmetricinformation solutions to the optimal contract,with private information on the operator'stechnology. Based on an econometric estimationof production cost and water demand for a panelof French local communities, we simulate theoptimal contract solutions and show thatasymmetric information has importantconsequences for the regulation of water publicutilities. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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  • Serge Garcia & Alban Thomas, 2003. "Regulation of Public Utilities under Asymmetric Information," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 26(1), pages 145-162, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:enreec:v:26:y:2003:i:1:p:145-162
    DOI: 10.1023/A:1025629503671
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    1. Alberto Cavaliere & Mario Maggi & Francesca Stroffolini, 2015. "A Normative Analysis of Local Public Utilities: Investments in Water Networks," IEFE Working Papers 80, IEFE, Center for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy, Universita' Bocconi, Milano, Italy.
    2. repec:hal:journl:hal-01159753 is not listed on IDEAS
    3. Henrique Monteiro, 2010. "Residential Water Demand in Portugal: checking for efficiency-based justifications for increasing block tariffs," Working Papers Series 1 ercwp0110, ISCTE-IUL, Business Research Unit (BRU-IUL).
    4. Elissa Cousin & Emmanuelle Taugourdeau, 2015. "Trade-off between water loss and water infrastructure quality: A cost minimization approach," Université Paris1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Post-Print and Working Papers) hal-01159753, HAL.
    5. Eshien Chong & Freddy Huet, 2010. "Partenariats public-privé et investissements de fin de contrat : le cas de l'industrie de l'eau en France," Recherches économiques de Louvain, De Boeck Université, vol. 76(4), pages 413-448.
    6. Serge Garcia, 2002. "Rendements et efficacité dans les industries en réseau : le cas des services d'eau potable délégués," Économie et Prévision, Programme National Persée, vol. 154(3), pages 123-138.
    7. repec:kap:itaxpf:v:24:y:2017:i:3:d:10.1007_s10797-016-9426-z is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Angel Prieto & José L. Zofio & Inmaculada Alvarez, 2009. "Economías de escala, densidad y alcance en la provisión pública de infraestructura básica municipal," Hacienda Pública Española, IEF, vol. 190(3), pages 59-94, September.
    9. Alberto Cavaliere & Mario Maggi & Francesca Stroffolini, 2015. "Investments in Water Networks: A Normative Analysis of Local Public Utilities," DEM Working Papers Series 098, University of Pavia, Department of Economics and Management.
    10. Garcia, Serge & Reynaud, Arnaud, 2004. "Estimating the benefits of efficient water pricing in France," Resource and Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 26(1), pages 1-25, March.

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