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Optimal interconnection and renewable targets in North-West Europe. ESRI WP417, December 2011

Lunn, Pete (2011) Optimal interconnection and renewable targets in North-West Europe. ESRI WP417, December 2011. [Working Paper]

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    This paper makes the case that modern telecommunications markets present particular challenges for competition and consumer protection policy. The analysis initially identifies four specific properties, of which rapid technological change is just one, which in combination are unique to telecommunications. The result is that consumers face an environment that is likely to foment known decision-making biases identified by behavioural economics. This insight is employed to address two issues of concern to policymakers: the generally low levels of switching between providers and the apparent failure to select optimum tariffs. Evidence suggests considerable scope for consumer detriment in both cases. Various policy implications are discussed, including the need for targeted research to more accurately assess the extent of detriment and to increase understanding of the causes of consumer behaviour.

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    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > telecommunication policy
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
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    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Working Papers
    Depositing User: Alyssa McDonald
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 14:37
    Number of Pages: 24
    Last Modified: 13 Dec 2018 14:37

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