Three essays on the economics of public utilities
Title: Three essays on the economics of public utilities
Author: BARONE, Andrea
Citation: Florence, European University Institute, 2007
Series/Report no.: EUI PhD theses; Department of Economics
Public utilities provide fundamental services both to households and firms. Continuous, adequate, and reasonably priced supplies of water, electricity and gas are essential for healthy living in every modern society. Moreover, while there is no direct physical need for telecommunication services, in today’s information economy they have clearly become a social need. At the same time infrastructure sectors are key for sustained economic growth and international competitiveness, since they also provide necessary inputs to firms, allowing them to produce and interact with both suppliers and customers. In this dissertation we will analyze some important policy issues that emerge in relation to these sectors.
LC Subject Heading: Public utilities
Defence date: 22 May 2007; Examining board: Pascal Courty, European University Institute ; Natalia Fabra, Universidad Carlos III, Madrid ; Massimo Motta, supervisor, European University Institute ; Frode Steen, Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
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