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Testing the Effectiveness of Regulation and Competition on Cable Television Rates

John Ying () and Mary Kelly

No 07-07, Working Papers from University of Delaware, Department of Economics

Abstract: Regulation of the cable television industry was marked by remarkable periods of deregulation, re-regulation, and re-deregulation during the 1980s and 1990s. Using FCC firm-level survey data spanning 1993 to 2001, we model and econometrically estimate the effect of regulation and competition on cable rates. Our calculations indicate that while regulation lowered rates for small system operators, it raised them for medium and large systems. Meanwhile, competition consistently decreased rates from 5.6 to 8.8 percent, with even larger declines during periods of regulation. Our results suggest that competition is more effective than regulation in containing cable prices.

Keywords: cable rates; regulation; competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L51 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 18 pages
Date: 2007-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-com, nep-mic and nep-reg
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