Keeping Both Eyes Wide Open: The Life of a Competition Authority Among Sectoral Regulators
Pedro P. Barros
Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Nova School of Business and Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
University of Oslo - Department of Economics
CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6861
Competition authorities must pay attention to many industries simultaneously. Sectoral regulators concentrate on their own industry. Often both types of authority may intervene in specific industries and there is an overlap of jurisdictions. We show how a competition authority's resource allocation is affected by its relationships with sectoral regulators and their biases. If agencies collaborate (compete), the competition authority spends more effort on the industry with the more (less) consumer-biased sectoral regulator. The competition authority spends budget increases on the industry whose regulator reacts less to more effort. The socially optimal budget corrects for distortions due to regulatory bias, but only downwards.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 34
Keywords: Competition authority, Regulatory bias, Sectoral regulators
JEL Classification: H11, L40, L51
Date posted: June 17, 2008
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