Electoral Accountability and Consumer Monopsonists: Evidence from Elected vs. Appointed Regulators
Property and Environment Research Center (PERC)
July 24, 2007
Producers of local exchange services maintain significantly smaller capital stocks in states that elect public utility commissioners (PUCs). This relationship is difficult to rationalize as (i) an artifact of endogeneity bias or (ii) evidence that elected regulators constrain producers' monopolistic opportunities. Instead, it finds a robust explanation in standard political economy models - i.e., electoral accountability can facilitate consumers' monopsonistic ambitions, weaken regulatory commitments, and ease the expropriation of real options.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 52
Keywords: Democracy and economic performance, regulatory capture, credible commitment, telecommunications policy
JEL Classification: D72, D73, L96working papers series
Date posted: January 10, 2005
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