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An Analysis of Fully Distributed Cost Pricing in Regulated Industries


  • Ronald R. Braeutigam


This paper examines the economic consequences of allocating common costs by (1) gross revenues, (2) directly attributable costs, and (3) relative output levels (such as ton-miles) to determine fully distributed cost prices for regulated firms. The analysis characterizes FDC tariffs by examining the nature of the economic inefficiency associated with the rules and explains how opportunities for entry by unregulated firms might change if Ramsey optional pricing was used instead of FDC pricing.

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  • Ronald R. Braeutigam, 1980. "An Analysis of Fully Distributed Cost Pricing in Regulated Industries," Bell Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 11(1), pages 182-196, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:bellje:v:11:y:1980:i:spring:p:182-196

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    1. Samet, Dov & Tauman, Yair, 1982. "The Determination of Marginal Cost Prices under a Set of Axioms," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 50(4), pages 895-909, July.
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    1. Fuliang Chen & Tao Xu, 2013. "A comparative study on Welfare results of nonlinear and linear pricing: based on asymmetric duopoly market," Chapters,in: The Chinese Anti-Monopoly Law, chapter 6, pages 218-232 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    2. James Poterba & Julio Rotemberg, 1995. "Environmental taxes on intermediate and final goods when both can be imported," International Tax and Public Finance, Springer;International Institute of Public Finance, vol. 2(2), pages 221-228, August.
    3. Evangelinos, Christos, 2013. "Infrastrukturpreise: Eine normativ-theoretische Analyse," Discussion Papers 1/2013, Technische Universität Dresden, "Friedrich List" Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, Institute of Transport and Economics.
    4. John W. Mayo & David E. M. Sappington, 2016. "Regulation in a ‘Deregulated’ Industry: Railroads in the Post-Staggers Era," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 49(2), pages 203-227, September.
    5. Otero, Jesus & Waddams Price, Catherine, 2001. "Incumbent and entrant response to regulated competition: signaling with accounting costs and market prices2," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 53(2-3), pages 209-223.
    6. Mark L. Burton & David L. Kaserman & John W. Mayo, 2009. "Common Costs And Cross-Subsidies: Misestimation Versus Misallocation," Contemporary Economic Policy, Western Economic Association International, vol. 27(2), pages 193-199, April.

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