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Regulation of an Open Access Essential Facility

  • Axel Gautier
  • Manipushpak Mitra

In this paper we consider the problem of regulating an open access essential facility. A vertically integrated firm owns an essential input and operates on the downstream market under the roof of a regulatory mechanism. There is a potential entrant in the downstream market. Both competitors use the same essential input to provide the final services to the consumers. The regulator designs a mechanism that guarantees financing of the essential input and adequate competition in the downstream market. We consider a regulatory mechanism that grants non-discriminatory access of the essential facility to a competitor. We show that this mechanism is welfare improving but it generates inefficient entry. That is a more efficient competitor may stay out of the market or a less efficient competitor may enter the market.

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Paper provided by University of Bonn, Germany in its series Bonn Econ Discussion Papers with number bgse19_2003.

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Length: 26
Date of creation: Aug 2003
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Handle: RePEc:bon:bonedp:bgse19_2003
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