Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130720
Authors: 
Duso, Tomaso
Seldeslachts, Jo
Szücs, Florian
Year of Publication: 
2016
Citation: 
[Journal:] DIW Economic Bulletin [ISSN:] 2192-7219 [Volume:] 6 [Year:] 2016 [Issue:] 15 [Pages:] 173-181
Abstract: 
Energy sectors-primarily power generation and gas production, but also energy transmission and distribution-require significant capital investment in infrastructure. Market structures as well as the degree of competition and regulation are key factors that determine firms' incentive to invest. Yet the empirical research on the link between these factors and private investment is still quite scarce, especially in the energy sectors. In this study, we empirically examine whether competition policy enforcement and regulatory intervention in European gas and electricity markets affects firms' incentive to invest. Our findings show that EU merger policy enforcement is significantly related to a higher investment in low-regulated markets.
Subjects: 
Investment
Energy
Competition
Competition Policy
Regulation
JEL: 
D24
L4
L98
Q4
Document Type: 
Article

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