Clifton, Judith and Díaz-Fuentes, Daniel and Fernández Gutiérrez, Marcos and Revuelta, Julio (2011): Is Market-Oriented Reform Producing a “Two-Track” Europe? Evidence from Electricity and Telecommunications.
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The European Commission has formally recognised that adequate provision of basic household services, including energy, communications, water and transport, is key to ensuring equity, social cohesion and solidarity. Yet little research has been done on the impact of the reform of these services in this regard. This article offers an innovative way to explore such questions by analysing and contrasting stated and revealed preferences on citizen satisfaction with and expenditure on two services, electricity and telecommunications, in two large countries, Spain and the United Kingdom. In telecommunications, but to a much lesser extent in electricity, we find evidence that reform has led to a “two-track” Europe, where citizens who are elderly, not working or the less-educated behave differently in the market, with the result that they are less satisfied with these services than their younger, working, better-educated, counterparts.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||Is Market-Oriented Reform Producing a “Two-Track” Europe? Evidence from Electricity and Telecommunications|
|Keywords:||Public Service, Electricity, Telecommunications, Revealed preferences, Consumer Behaviour, Vulnerable Consumers. European Union. Regulation|
|Subjects:||L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L96 - Telecommunications
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D18 - Consumer Protection
D - Microeconomics > D0 - General > D03 - Behavioral Economics; Underlying Principles
L - Industrial Organization > L5 - Regulation and Industrial Policy > L51 - Economics of Regulation
D - Microeconomics > D1 - Household Behavior and Family Economics > D12 - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L94 - Electric Utilities
L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L98 - Government Policy
|Depositing User:||Daniel Diaz-Fuentes|
|Date Deposited:||27. Aug 2011 14:44|
|Last Modified:||16. Feb 2013 05:18|
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