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Regulation by Prices and by Command

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  • Glazer, Amihai
  • Lave, Charles

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Standard economic theory states that regulation by price is more efficient than regulation by command and control. Exceptions may arise if regulators have good knowledge of the supply curve. In practice, though, governments usually regulate by command and control and do so when there is uncertainty about the technology of supply. We show that government may prefer to regulate by command and control when it cares about the investment decisions of a firm. Copyright 1996 by Kluwer Academic Publishers

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  • Glazer, Amihai & Lave, Charles, 1996. "Regulation by Prices and by Command," Journal of Regulatory Economics, Springer, vol. 9(2), pages 191-197, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:9:y:1996:i:2:p:191-97
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    4. Van Dender, Kurt, 2009. "Energy policy in transport and transport policy," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(10), pages 3854-3862, October.

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