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Regulation of Several Market Failures: The Water Industry in England and Wales

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  • Cowan, Simon

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Legal services have characteristics which may cause markets for them to develop in rather idiosyncratic ways. Many consumers are inexperienced in buying legal services and may have difficulty in anticipating the cost of quality of service they can expect from lawyer. This paper explores the provision of legal services from the standpoint of developments in the economics of information and uncertainty. It argues that asymmetries of information between lawyer and client can help explain matters such as the organizational form of law firms. Changes in the legislative and regulatory environment in which law firms operate have made the market more competitive. Along with volatile property market conditions over the past decade, these changes have had an important influence on the structure of the market for legal services. Some of these trends are reviewed. The paper concludes with some comments on recent developments in the field of legal aid. Copyright 1993 by Oxford University Press.

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  • Cowan, Simon, 1993. "Regulation of Several Market Failures: The Water Industry in England and Wales," Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Oxford University Press, vol. 9(4), pages 14-23, Winter.
  • Handle: RePEc:oup:oxford:v:9:y:1993:i:4:p:14-23
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    1. Reto Foellmi & Urs Meister, 2012. "Enhancing the Efficiency of Water Supply—Product Market Competition Versus Trade," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 12(3), pages 299-324, September.
    2. Reto Foellmi & Urs Meister, 2004. "Enhancing Efficiency of Water Supply – Product Market Competition versus Trade," Public Economics 0412012, EconWPA.
    3. Urs Meister, 2005. "Do welfare maximising water utilities maximise welfare under common carriage?," Others 0505001, EconWPA.
    4. Reto Foellmi & Urs Meister, 2005. "Product-Market Competition in the Water Industry: Voluntary Non-discriminatory Pricing," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 115-135, June.
    5. Dieter Helm & Najma Rajah, 1994. "Water regulation: the periodic review," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 15(2), pages 74-94, May.
    6. Jouravlev, Andrei & Lee, Terence R., 1998. "Regulating the private provision of drinking water and sanitation services," Revista CEPAL, Naciones Unidas Comisión Económica para América Latina y el Caribe (CEPAL), August.

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