IDEAS home Printed from https://ideas.repec.org/a/sej/ancoec/v651y1998p83-97.html
   My bibliography  Save this article

The Impact of Regulation on Input Substitution and Operating Cost

Author

Listed:
  • Gerald Granderson
  • C. A. Knox Lovell

Abstract

We investigate the impact of rate-of-return regulation on the substitutability between pairs of inputs, where substitutability is measured using Morishima elasticities of substitution (MES), and on operating cost. Theory does not provide a qualitative characterization of the impact of regulation on input substitutability, although it does provide a basis for speculation. We test our speculation using a 1977–87 panel of 20 U.S. interstate natural gas pipelines that were subject to rate-of-return regulation during the period. We find that regulation increased the MES of each rate base input for the non-rate base input and reduced the MES between the two rate base inputs and of the nonrate base input for each rate base input. We also find that the regulatory distortion of input substitutability led to an increase in operating cost of 16%, on average, across all companies and through all years in the sample.

Suggested Citation

  • Gerald Granderson & C. A. Knox Lovell, 1998. "The Impact of Regulation on Input Substitution and Operating Cost," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 65(1), pages 83-97, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:65:1:y:1998:p:83-97
    as

    Download full text from publisher

    To our knowledge, this item is not available for download. To find whether it is available, there are three options:
    1. Check below whether another version of this item is available online.
    2. Check on the provider's web page whether it is in fact available.
    3. Perform a search for a similarly titled item that would be available.

    Citations

    Citations are extracted by the CitEc Project, subscribe to its RSS feed for this item.
    as


    Cited by:

    1. Piacenza, Massimiliano & Turati, Gilberto & Vannoni, Davide, 2010. "Restructuring hospital industry to control public health care expenditure: The role of input substitutability," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 27(4), pages 881-890, July.
    2. Massimiliano Piacenza & Gilberto Turati & Davide Vannoni, 2007. "Hospital Industry Restructuring and Input Substitutability: Evidence from a Sample of Italian Hospitals," CERIS Working Paper 200703, Institute for Economic Research on Firms and Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY -NOW- Research Institute on Sustainable Economic Growth - Moncalieri (TO) ITALY.

    More about this item

    Statistics

    Access and download statistics

    Corrections

    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:sej:ancoec:v:65:1:y:1998:p:83-97. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Laura Razzolini). General contact details of provider: http://edirc.repec.org/data/seaaaea.html .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.