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Footloose Monopolies: Regulating a 'National Champion'

Giacomo Calzolari

University of Bologna

Carlo Scarpa

University of Brescia; NERA Economic Consulting

August 2007

CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP6413

We analyze the design of optimal regulation of a domestic monopolist that also competes in an unregulated foreign market. We show how foreign activities by the regulated firm affect domestic regulation, consumers' surplus and firm's profits. Although expansion in unregulated foreign markets amplifies the regulatory distortions that are caused by the regulator's limited information, we also show that allowing the firm to compete abroad does not necessarily harm domestic consumers and we analyze if and when the firm's decision to expand abroad does in fact coincide with consumers' interests in the regulated market.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 38

Keywords: Foreign Competition, Multinational Enterprises, National Champions, Regulation

JEL Classification: F23, L51

Date posted: May 29, 2008  

Suggested Citation

Calzolari, Giacomo and Scarpa, Carlo, Footloose Monopolies: Regulating a 'National Champion' (August 2007). , Vol. , pp. -, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1138526

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Giacomo Calzolari (Contact Author)
University of Bologna ( email )
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HOME PAGE: http://www2.dse.unibo.it/calzolari/
Carlo Scarpa
University of Brescia ( email )
Via San Faustino 74B
Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche
25122 Brescia
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+39+030+2988+839/840 (Fax)
NERA Economic Consulting ( email )
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White Plains, NY 10606
United States
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