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Sektorspezifische Ex-ante-Regulierung der deutschen Stromwirtschaft?

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  • Brunekreeft, Gert
  • Keller, Katja

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Despite monopolistic networks and in contrast to all other EUmember states, the electricity supply industry in Germany is not ex ante regulated. Control of the sector is left to the cartel agency, which can apply the essential- facilities doctrine as an ex-post instrument. This paper analyses the unregulated institutional frame by means of the theory of vertically related markets; the theoretically derived conclusions appear to be confirmed by empirical observation. The key policy lesson is that the principle of a level-playing field between vertically integrated firms and third parties is violated, due to different incentives if network-access charges are not regulated.

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  • Brunekreeft, Gert & Keller, Katja, 2001. "Sektorspezifische Ex-ante-Regulierung der deutschen Stromwirtschaft?," Discussion Papers 80, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:aluivr:80
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    1. Gabelmann, Anne, 2001. "Regulating European telecommunications markets: Unbundled access to the local loop outside urban areas," Discussion Papers 81, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    2. Knieps, Günter, 2006. "The different role of mandatory access in German regulation of railroads and telecommunications," Discussion Papers 104 [rev.], University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    3. Knieps, Günter, 2005. "Competition in the post-trade markets: A network economic analysis of the securities business," Discussion Papers 101 [rev.], University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    4. Knieps, Günter, 2004. "Privatisation of Network Industries in Germany : A Disaggregated Approach," Discussion Papers 100, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    5. Knieps, Günter, 2002. "Does the system of letter conveyance constitute a bottleneck resource?," Discussion Papers 88, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    6. Knieps, Günter, 2002. "Wholesale, retail pricing in telecom markets," Discussion Papers 84, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.
    7. Knieps, Günter, 2008. "The net neutrality debate and the German communications and competition law," Discussion Papers 120, University of Freiburg, Institute for Transport Economics and Regional Policy.

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    JEL classification:

    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • L51 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - Economics of Regulation
    • K21 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Antitrust Law

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