Breaking Up Water Monopolies: Costs and Benefits

7 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2013

Date Written: June 6, 2013


This article looks at vertical and horizontal integration in the English and Welsh water and sewerage industry, estimating the costs and benefits of breaking up monopolies. The results of the analysis suggest that the most cost effective organisational structure for water and sewage services requires a separate but vertically integrated operation of these services. Water and sewerage companies should be integrated, while their internal management and organization design should be structured separately for water and waste activities in order to manage the day-to-day operations at a more efficient scale.

Keywords: Monopolies, Productivity, Price Performance, Regulation, Water and Sewerage Industry

JEL Classification: Q5

Suggested Citation

Maziotis, Alexandros, Breaking Up Water Monopolies: Costs and Benefits (June 6, 2013). Review of Environment, Energy and Economics (Re3), Forthcoming, Available at SSRN:

Alexandros Maziotis (Contact Author)

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei ( email ) Magenta 63
Milano, 20123

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