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The Regulation of Monopoly


  • Sherman,Roger


Competition may not function well where technology calls for large and complex investments, as in the electrivity industry where public utilities often provide service. This book presents economic welfare foundations for the purpose of evaluating how well, from a social point of view, an enterprise performs when competition is unable to function. Problems with existing institutions are emphasized. Topics treated include welfare measures and their uses in peak-load pricing, second-best pricing, and income distribution. Professor Sherman covers public choice difficulties of government intervention, and describes problems with incentives in statutory monopolies and efforts to overcome them through the study of principal-agent relationships. Contestability and sustainable prices are also discussed, as well as effects of uncertainty and imperfect information.

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  • Sherman,Roger, 1989. "The Regulation of Monopoly," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521368629, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:cbooks:9780521368629

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    1. Shiyou Li & Emeka Nwaeze & Jennifer Yin, 2016. "Earnings management in the electric utility industry: profit incentives," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 46(3), pages 633-660, April.
    2. Haldrup, Niels & Nielsen, Frank S. & Nielsen, Morten Ørregaard, 2010. "A vector autoregressive model for electricity prices subject to long memory and regime switching," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 32(5), pages 1044-1058, September.
    3. Costello, Kenneth W., 2014. "Lost and unaccounted-for gas: Challenges for public utility regulators," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, vol. 29(C), pages 17-24.
    4. Ruth Hancock & Catherine Waddams Price, 1995. "Competition in the British domestic gas market: efficiency and equity," Fiscal Studies, Institute for Fiscal Studies, vol. 16(3), pages 81-105, August.
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    9. Niemeier, Hans-Martin, 2002. "Regulation of airports: the case of Hamburg airport—a view from the perspective of regional policy," Journal of Air Transport Management, Elsevier, vol. 8(1), pages 37-48.
    10. Samir El-Gazzar & Philip Finn & Charles Tang, 2009. "The Value Relevance of Earnings and Nonearnings Information in Regulated and Deregulated Markets: The Case of the Airline Industry," International Advances in Economic Research, Springer;International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 15(1), pages 88-101, February.
    11. Nwaeze, Emeka T., 1997. "Rate-of-return regulation and the behavior of the return on equity for electric utilities," Journal of Economics and Business, Elsevier, vol. 49(5), pages 491-510.
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