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Learning by Doing and Dynamic Regulation

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  • Tracy R. Lewis
  • Huseyin Yildirim

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From experience, regulated monopolists learn to employ cost-reducing innovations. We characterize the optimal regulation of an innovating monopolist with unknown costs. Regulatory policy is designed to minimize current costs of service while encouraging development of cost-saving innovations. We find that under optimal regulation, (i) innovation is encouraged by light-handed regulation allowing the monopolist to earn greater information rents while providing greater service, (ii) innovation occurs in the absence of long-term agreements when private information is recurring, and (iii) innovation is more rapid in a durable franchise, and the regulator prefers durable franchises for exploiting learning economies.

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  • Tracy R. Lewis & Huseyin Yildirim, 2002. "Learning by Doing and Dynamic Regulation," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 33(1), pages 22-36, Spring.
  • Handle: RePEc:rje:randje:v:33:y:2002:i:spring:p:22-36
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