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Network Industries

Bostoen, F. “Are online platforms the new utilities—and should they be regulated as such? Inspiration from over 100 years of telecommunications regulation”

The paper “Are online platforms the new utilities—and should they be regulated as such? Inspiration from over 100 years of telecommunications regulation” (Bostoen, F.) will be presented […] read more

Transport

Bock, B., Fechner, A.*, Klein, A., Wolf, A. “Transparency of Routing Service Platforms and Potential for Segregation and Manipulation”

The paper “Transparency of Routing Service Platforms and Potential for Segregation and Manipulation” (Bock, B., Fechner, A.*, Klein, A., Wolf, A. ) will be presented at […] read more

Network Industries

Heim, M.*, Nikolic, I.* “A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms”

The paper “A FRAND Regime for Dominant Digital Platforms” (Heim, M.*, Nikolic, I.*) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, […] read more

Water

Klien, M. “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation”

The paper “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation” (Klein, M.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, 2019). ABSTRACT We analyse […] read more

Communications & Media

Atik, C. “Data Ownership and Data Portability in the Digital Agriculture Sector: A Proposal to Address Novel Challenges”

The paper “Data Ownership and Data Portability in the Digital Agriculture Sector: A Proposal to Address Novel Challenges” (Atik, C.) will be presented at the 8th Conference […] read more

Water

Porcher., S. “Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead”

The paper “Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead” (Porcher., S.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of […] read more

Energy

Cappelli, V.*, Cuccuru, P.*”Blockchain infrastructure for a smarter energy sector. A primer on liability”

The paper “Blockchain infrastructure for a smarter energy sector. A primer on liability” (Cappelli, V.*, Cuccuru, P.*) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation […] read more

Network Industries

Mathew, B. “Why now, a proposal to tax digital activities?”

The paper “Why now, a proposal to tax digital activities?” (Mathew, B.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, 2019).  […] read more

Water

Esteve Guasch, V.”Capital Structure, Investment, and Regulation: The England and Wales Water Sector”

The paper “Capital Structure, Investment, and Regulation: The England and Wales Water Sector” (Esteve Guasch, V.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation […] read more

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Klien, M. “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation”

- Water

The paper “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation” (Klein, M.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, 2019).

ABSTRACT

We analyse how aggregation affects the performance of water utilities. Using a difference-in-difference design we find little evidence that utility performance was affected by the aggregation. Consolidated utilities also do not seem to outperform non-consolidated utilities in the post-merger years. We discuss factors such as upward wage convergence or the design of aggregations as potential explanations why the aggregations did not improve utility performance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Klien is a researcher at Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). His research centers on the organisation and performance of public services, ranging from organisational studies to political economy. In addition to several scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals, Michael has been consulting in a range of related areas (e.g. World Bank, OECD). He has worked extensively in the area of water services with a focus on utility performance, efficiency measurement and utility aggregations.