EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Distribution of the benefits of regulation vs. competition: The case of mobile telephony in South Africa

Ryan Hawthorne and Lukasz Grzybowski

International Journal of Industrial Organization, 2021, vol. 74, issue C

Abstract: We test for the distributional effects of regulation and entry in the mobile telecommunications sector in a highly unequal country, South Africa. Using six waves of a consumer survey of over 134,000 individuals between 2009–2014, we estimate a discrete choice model allowing for individual-specific price-responsiveness and preferences for network operators. Next, we use a demand and supply equilibrium framework to simulate prices and the distribution of welfare without entry and mobile termination rate regulation. We find that, in the South African context, regulation benefits consumers significantly more than entry does, and that high-income consumers and city-dwellers benefit more in terms of increased consumer surplus.

Keywords: Mobile telecommunications; Regulation; Entry; Termination rates; Discrete choice (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L13 L40 L50 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0167718720300965
Full text for ScienceDirect subscribers only

Related works:
Working Paper: Distribution of the benefits of regulation vs. competition: The case of mobile telephony in South Africa (2021) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:eee:indorg:v:74:y:2021:i:c:s0167718720300965

DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2020.102673

Access Statistics for this article

International Journal of Industrial Organization is currently edited by P. Bajari, B. Caillaud and N. Gandal

More articles in International Journal of Industrial Organization from Elsevier
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Catherine Liu ().

 
Page updated 2022-09-03
Handle: RePEc:eee:indorg:v:74:y:2021:i:c:s0167718720300965