• Publication Regulation Making Britain more cometitive: A critique of Competition and Regulatory policy
    November 1, 2001

    Royal Bank of Scotland/Scottish Economic Society Seventh Annual Lecture. Published in Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 48 (5), 471-487. This paper provides a critique of the Labour government's attempts to make Britain more competitive by reforming
  • Publication Communications Review of the DTI's Structure, Priorities and Business Support
    September 21, 2001

    DTI carries out one of the widest ranges of functions of any Whitehall department. Most of these span across British industry (and hence can be considered as 'horizontal' functions). Others are industry or sector-specific (and are therefore 'vertical' fun
  • Publication Transport Transport Sub-committee Inquiry into Passenger Rail Franchising
    September 13, 2001

    This memorandum reviews the reasons for the failure of the Strategy Rail Authority's (SRA) refranchising strategy, comments on the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions' (DTLR) draft policy statement, and, in the light of the decision
  • Publication Transport Whither the Railways?
    May 21, 2001

    A Comment on "Phoenix from the Ashes" by Chris Green, for Institute of Economic Affairs. The failure to deliver the performance on the railways which its customers demand has led to a host of proposals for reform. These are often self-interested, and rang
  • Publication Environment Energy Policy and Environmental Impacts
    February 14, 2001

    Published in 'A Mortgaged Future: The Consequences of UK Energy Policy', proceedings of a British Energy seminar, held before a large audience of politicians, civil servants, business people, academics and others.
  • Publication Environment Next steps in Environmental Policy and Economic Instruments
    November 30, 2000

    Paper for the DETR Academic Panel. This paper addresses what might at first sight be deemed an impossible question: how to advise government on further applications of economic instruments to environmental policy, within the constraints of not taxing the
  • Publication Transport A critique of rail regulation
    October 17, 2000

    Beesley Lecture, Institute of Economic Affairs, London, October 17th 2000. Very few privatisations have been free of teething problems, and all new regulatory bodies have faced criticisms, made mistakes, and had to improvise and adapt with experience. Per
  • Publication Regulation The Good Behaviour Clause Inquiry
    July 13, 2000

    Paper for the Competition Commission. The 'good behaviour' clause adds another substantive layer of sector regulation to the electricity industry, at a time when significant structural changes are taking place, when NETA is being introduced, and when the
  • Publication Communications A note on Economic and Content Regulation in Broadcasting and Communications
    July 11, 2000

    Paper for the DTI. In the debates surrounding the Communications White Paper and subsequent legislation, a key issue is whether the regulatory architecture should separate out or integrate economic and content regulation. This note argues that: the ec
  • Publication Water Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry into Water Pricing and the Environment
    May 25, 2000

    Memorandum of Evidence submitted to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee's Inquiry into Water Prices and the Environment. This memorandum focuses on: the institutional context of the water periodic review, the quadripartite process, the role
  • Publication Water Inquiry into Water Price Limits for 1999-2005: Costing the Environment
    May 25, 2000

    Memorandum of Evidence submitted to the Environmental Audit Committee. This memorandum focuses on: the institutional context of the water periodic review, the quadripartite process, the role and incentives of the water companies, and the ways in which the
  • Publication Regulation Comments on ' A Fair deal for consumer: Modernising the Framework for Utility regulation
    May 25, 2000

    Paper for the DTI. This brief paper focuses on the scope of the draft guidance and the impact on the cost of capital. It does not address the detailed components.
  • Publication Infrastructure Comments on "A fair deal for consumers: Modernising the Framework for utility regulation"
    May 25, 2000

    Paper for the DTI. This brief paper focuses on the scope of the draft guidance and the impact on the cost of capital. It does not address the detailed components.
  • Publication Regulation Regulatory Reform, Capture and the regulatory Burden. OXREP Vol. 22 No.2
    May 24, 2000

    It has become a conventional wisdom that regulation is at best a necessary evil and at worst an inhibition to productivity, employment, and economic growth. There are strident demands, predominantly from industrial interests, for the 'regulatory burden' t
  • Publication Environment Genetically Modified Organisms: Some Arguments
    April 12, 2000

    There are a variety of claims against the development and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This paper examines these arguments.
  • Publication Environment Environmental Policy in the UK
    March 1, 2000

    Edited by Dieter Helm, published March 2000 by Blackwell
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