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  • Conference

    BCCP Conference and Policy Forum 2016

    Big data is transforming the world we live in. The instant availability of information impacts how individuals consume, how businesses thrive or fail, how society makes scientific discoveries, as well as how governments design and implement informed policies. At a pace and scale unanticipated 20 years ago, information technology is enabling consumers globally. Uncountable services make use of a...

    17.06.2016
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 26/27 / 2016

    Paying by the Hour: The Least Appealing Option for Clients of Lawyers

    In this study, we analyze a client’s choice of contract in auctions where Dutch law firms compete for cases. The distinguishing feature is that lawyers may submit bids with any fee arrangement they wish. We find robust evidence that bids offering hourly rates are less attractive to clients. Our findings tentatively contradict lawyers’ often-made argument that hourly rates are in a client’s best in ...

    2016| Jo Seldeslachts
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 26/27 / 2016

    Clients Prefer Flat Fee Contracts: Ten Questions to Jo Seldeslachts

    2016
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 28 / 2016

    Local Loop Unbundling in the UK Does Not Affect Broadband Penetration - but It Does Lead to Better Service

    Under an open access policy, incumbent broadband providers in all EU countries are required to let new market entrants access their networks through bitstream or local loop unbundling (LLU). This type of regulatory provision aims to increase competition among all broadband providers, and is strongly recommended in markets where the prohibitively high cost of setting up a distribution network means ...

    2016| Mattia Nardotto
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 28 / 2016

    All Consumers Can Benefit from an Open Access Policy in the Broadband Market: Five Questions to Mattia Nardotto

    2016
  • DIW Economic Bulletin 15 / 2016

    EU Competition Policy Enforcement Supports Investment in the Energy Sectors

    Energy sectors—primarily power generation and gas production, but also energy transmission and distribution—require significant capital investment in infrastructure. Market structures as well as the degree of competition and regulation are key factors that determine firms’ incentive to invest. Yet the empirical research on the link between these factors and private investment is still quite scarce, ...

    2016| Tomaso Duso, Jo Seldeslachts, Florian Szücs
  • Diskussionspapiere 1614 / 2016

    Market Power and Heterogeneous Pass-through in German Electricity Retail

    We analyze the pass-through of cost changes to retail tariffs in the German electricity market over the 2007 to 2014 period. We find an average pass-through rate of around 60%, which significantly varies with demand factors: while the pass-through rate to baseline tariffs, where firms have higher market power, is only 50%, it increases to 70% in the competitive segment of the market. Although the pass-through ...

    2016| Tomaso Duso, Florian Szücs
  • Diskussionspapiere 1576 / 2016

    Cost Structure and Economies of Scale in German Water Supply

    Potable water supply in Germany is highly fragmented. A consolidation of the industry could, therefore, lead to lower cost of water supply and price savings for the customers. In this paper we estimate a total cost function for potable water supply based on a unique sample of German water utilities observed between 2004 and 2010. Newly available data allows for a detailed cost modeling approach. Capital ...

    2016| Michael Zschille
  • Berlin IO Day

    The 5th Berlin IO Day

    The Berlin IO Day is a one-day workshop sponsored by the Berlin Centre for Consumer Policies (BCCP) and supported by Berlin's leading academic institutions, including DIW Berlin, ESMT, Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and WZB which takes place twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring. The aim is to create an international...

    25.09.2015
  • Research Project

    Global Food Markets: Global Food Security - Challenge for Production and Consumption

    Scarce resources, the rising demand for agricultural products and growing land-use competition between the production of energy and food have increased the importance of strategies for food security. In the research project “Global Food Markets: Global Food Security – Challenges for Production and Consumption” both supply and demand-oriented approaches that can realize...

    Completed Project| Firms and Markets, Public Economics
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