Why does a theory of competition matter for electricity regulation?

For the firms in regulated industries, for the regulators, for their customers, does the theory underlying the applied regulation matter? I think it matters a lot, even down in the real-world trenches of doing regulation, because regulation’s theoretical foundation influences what regulators and firms do and how they do it. Think about a traditional regulated … More Why does a theory of competition matter for electricity regulation?

Course video: Alfred Marshall and the neoclassical synthesis

Here’s the next video from my history of economic thought course, on Alfred Marshall. Alfred Marshall and the Neoclassical Synthesis from Lynne Kiesling on Vimeo. Alfred Marshall was one of the most important economists shaping the field as we practice it today. By synthesizing the classical economics focus on production and costs with the new … More Course video: Alfred Marshall and the neoclassical synthesis