We provide economic analyses, consultation, and advice to regulatory authorities, incumbents, and entrants seeking to devise efficient rules and pricing policies under which new entrants can use portions of an incumbent’s network. Our work has included evaluating how different regimes may affect the extent of entry, the competitiveness of the markets, the prices charged to consumers, and the incentives for new investment and technology development.
For a competitive provider of local exchange telephone (LEC) services in Australia, we analyzed the competitive implications of the interconnection pricing proposals submitted by the incumbent LEC. The government issued a report incorporating our recommendations.
On behalf of a group of railroads, members of The Brattle Group studied policy issues relating to increased competitive access to rail infrastructure. Our analysis included a comparative assessment of infrastructure access provisions in the rail and airline industries to explain the differing effects of changes in those provisions on the competitive environment in each mode.
We assessed the implementation of the EU Gas Directive on behalf of the European Commission. Our work analyzed alternative interpretations of negotiated access in detail. We evaluated the appropriate pricing and service concepts for natural gas markets at different stages of development, including the appropriate terms of access and tariff regime. We produced recommendations concerning price and non-price terms for natural gas transportation services to promote non-discrimination and establish a competitive natural gas market.