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Sectoral Regulators and the Competition Authority: Which Relationship is Best?

Pedro Barros () and Steffen Hoernig ()

No 4541, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: Inspired by the creation of the new Competition Authority in Portugal, we consider the interplay between regulatory agencies with overlapping competencies; for example, a competition authority and a sectoral regulator. We analyse how authorities’ incentives are affected if they can decide independently, or must follow each others’ opinions, respectively, and consider how this relationship performs in the presence of institutional biases and lobbying efforts. It is found that the best results tend to be achieved when the authorities act independently of each other: the probability of coming to a decision is higher, and decisions are less vulnerable to lobbying.

Keywords: competition authority; institutional relationship; lobbying; sectoral regulators; strategic substitutes and complements (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-mic and nep-reg
Date: 2004-08
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