• Offered by International and Development Economics Program
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr John Fallon
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2015
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The course will deal with the theory and practice of economic regulation of infrastructure.  It will cover the main regulatory tools and issues and have a strong policy content.  The theoretical component will cover the rationale for economic regulation, the choice of regulatory or other intervention, efficient cost recovery and pricing and other key economic concepts, tools and institutions for effective implementation.   There will be a component covering reform and governance of public utilities highlighting the different considerations when regulating public versus private entities as well as the economics of privatisation or corporatisation of public enterprises and relevant aspects of competition policy. There will also be a component covering circumstances in developing countries.  There will also be a component on institutional arrangements and regulatory performance. The main regulatory and reform issues will be covered with case studies for several sectors, including: power, water, airports and telecommunications.   There will also be a component covering some controversial issues in economic regulation in particular: the valuation of the regulatory asset base, the appropriate cost of capital and community service obligations.  There are important policy issues to be considered for each of these aspects. There will be practical material in the form of several case studies.  The case studies will illustrate the application of economic principles in the theoretical components as well as the effectiveness of institutional arrangements.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On successful completion of this course, students should:

 (a)    Understand key issues and problems with respect to regulation, governance and policies for the infrastructure sector

 (b)    Understand and be able to apply key principles, concepts and tools relevant to the economic regulation of infrastructure industries

 (c)     Be able to analyse different government policies for regulation and reform of the infrastructure sector.

 (d)    Be able to explain the rationale for addressing economic regulation issues.

Indicative Assessment

 (i)    Homework problem sets - 10 per cent. 

 (ii)   An essay of 3-4,000 words - 20 per cent

 (iii)  In-class presentation of essay - 10 per cent

 (iii)  Final exam - 60 per cent.

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Workload

2 hours lecture and 1 hour tutorial per week, 6 hours reading, research and problem solving

Prescribed Texts

The main references for this course are:

Baldwin, R., M. Cave and M. Lodge (2010), The Oxford Handbook of Regulation, Oxford University Press.

Gómes-Ibañez, J. (2003) Regulating Infrastructure: Monopoly, Contracts, and Discretion, Harvard University Press.

World Bank (2006), Handbook for Evaluating Infrastructure Regulatory Systems.

Viscusi, W. K., J. M. Vernon and J. E. Harrington (2005), Economics of Regulation and Antitrust. MIT.

 

Case study material from various regulatory websites will be provided closer to the start date for the course.The main references for this course are:

Baldwin, R., M. Cave and M. Lodge (2010), The Oxford Handbook of Regulation, Oxford University Press.

Gómes-Ibañez, J. (2003) Regulating Infrastructure: Monopoly, Contracts, and Discretion, Harvard University Press.

World Bank (2006), Handbook for Evaluating Infrastructure Regulatory Systems.

Viscusi, W. K., J. M. Vernon and J. E. Harrington (2005), Economics of Regulation and Antitrust. MIT.

 

Case study material from various regulatory websites will be provided closer to the start date for the course.

Assumed Knowledge

A basic ability to understand and apply economic concepts is assumed.  Graduate-level microeconomics is recommended.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $3762
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4566
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2494 20 Jul 2015 07 Aug 2015 31 Aug 2015 30 Oct 2015 In Person N/A

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