The Impact of Regulation on Technical Change
This paper examines the impact of regulation on a firm’s choice of innovations and on the rate of technical change. Using a 1977–1987 panel of 20 U.S. interstate natural gas pipeline companies, I find that regulation led firms to adopt a technology that augmented (i) noncapital more than capital and (ii) noncapital more than the technology the standard (unregulated) firm would have adopted. I also find that, while technical regress occurred over the sample period, regulation led to a small decline in the rate of technical change and a small increase in production cost on average.
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Volume (Year): 65 (1999)
Issue (Month): 4 (April)
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