The Universal Service Obligation for Telephone Directories: Regulating the Redundant
Dries De Smet
Patrick J. G. Van Cayseele
KU Leuven - Department of Economics
December 19, 2010
Amsterdam Center for Law & Economics Working Paper No. 2011-01
In this article, we examine the universal service obligation for telephone directories. In most countries, this obligation consists of two parts. First, publishers must offer a comprehensive directory, including all telephone subscribers. Second, this directory should be available to all users. Building a simple theoretical model, inspired by the literature on two-sided markets, we find that one of these two obligations is redundant. Imposing availability to all users is sufficient to induce publishers to offer a comprehensive directory. The reverse however does not hold.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: advertising, telephone directories, two-sided markets, universal service obligation
JEL Classification: K23, L12, L86working papers series
Date posted: January 9, 2011
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