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Pricing behaviour under competition in the UK electricity supply industry

  • Giulietti, Monica

    (Aston Business School)

  • Otero, Jesus

    (Universidad del Rosario, Colombia)

  • Waterson, Michael

    (University of Warwick)

This paper investigates the evolution of electricity prices for domestic customers in the UK following the introduction of competition. The empirical analysis is based on a panel data set containing detailed information about electricity supply prices over the period 1999 to 2006. The analysis aims to test theoretical hypotheses about the nature of consumers’ switching and search costs. The econometric analysis of persistence and price dispersion provides only limited support for the view that the market is becoming more competitive and also indicates that there remain significant potential benefits to consumers from searching alternative suppliers.

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Paper provided by University of Warwick, Department of Economics in its series The Warwick Economics Research Paper Series (TWERPS) with number 790.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: 2007
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