Back to the future? Regulating residential energy markets

Waddams Price, Catherine (2018) Back to the future? Regulating residential energy markets. International Journal of the Economics of Business, 25 (1). pp. 147-155. ISSN 1357-1516

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Regulation in many markets is responding to ‘behavioural’ consumers who do not conform to the model of self-interested maximisation inherent in the classical economic models which informed the regulatory framework of privatised UK industries. This paper traces the discussion of residential energy prices from the opening of markets in 1996 and removal of caps on retail prices in 2002 to the call for their reintroduction at the 2017 election. Price discrimination has been a policy issue at several points on this journey, and its interpretation has changed as the market has moved from monopoly supply to a market with many firms. The focus has moved from company offers to consumer response and outcomes, incorporating the demand side as well as the supply side. As in many areas, regulatory practice runs ahead of theory, challenging economists to develop new models which can inform policy in such markets.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: regulation,energy,price discrimination,residential markets,vulnerable consumers
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > Norwich Business School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Responsible Business Regulation Group
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Centres > Centre for Competition Policy
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2018 13:30
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 00:52
DOI: 10.1080/13571516.2017.1402469

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