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Competition and Almost Essential Facilities: Making the Right Policy Choice


  • Stephen P King

    (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)

  • Rodney Maddock

    (Department of Economics and Finance, La Trobe University)


There has been considerable interest in access rates in Australia since the development of National Competition Policy. This paper provides a framework for analysing the different situations in which access is an appropriate policy tool. It argues that access does not necessarily raise welfare so that its use should be tempered by a consideration of alternative methods of reform.

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  • Stephen P King & Rodney Maddock, 1996. "Competition and Almost Essential Facilities: Making the Right Policy Choice," Working Papers 1996.06, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  • Handle: RePEc:ltr:wpaper:1996.06

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    1. Rodney Maddock, 1999. "The Premature Burial of Telecommunications Reform: A Response to John Quiggin," Agenda - A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform, Australian National University, College of Business and Economics, School of Economics, vol. 6(1), pages 39-46.


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