Political Determinants of Competition in the Mobile Telecommunication Industry
57 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2017 Last revised: 20 Jan 2017
Date Written: January 4, 2017
We study how political factors shape competition in the mobile telecommunication sector. We show that the way a government designs the rules of the game has an impact on concentration, competition, and prices. Pro-competition regulation reduces prices, but does not hurt quality of services or investments. More democratic governments tend to design more competitive rules, while more politically connected operators are able to distort the rules in their favor, restricting competition. Government intervention has large redistributive effects: U.S. consumers would gain $65bn a year if U.S. mobile service prices were in line with German ones and $44bn if they were in line with Danish ones.
Keywords: Political Economy, Capture, Antitrust
JEL Classification: P16, D72, L11
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