Ex Post Regulation Facilitates Collusion
13 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2008
Date Written: 2008
Under ex ante access regulation entrants often claim that access fees are excessive. I show that this is only the case if further entry is admitted. If the entrant is protected from further entry it would agree with the incumbent upon a strictly positive access fee which may exceed the efficient level. Ex post regulation facilitates this type of collusion and should be abandoned.
Keywords: entry deterrence, access regulation, network infrastructure, vertical differentiation
JEL Classification: K21, K23, L42, L51
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