Unbundling and Productivity in the Electricity Generation Sector


WIFO Research Seminar with Philipp Steinbrunner from the University of Turin

What are the impacts of different types of unbundling on productivity in the electricity generation sector? Philipp Steinbrunner from the University of Turin spoke about this on 9 January 2020 at the WIFO Research Seminar. The commentary was contributed by WIFO scientific consultant Kurt Kratena.

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WIFO Research Seminar, 9.1.2020 13:30
Commentary: Kurt Kratena (WIFO)
Organised by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Online since: 18.12.2019 0:00
The European electricity directives mainly focusing on Unbundling are the most important tools of electricity market regulation. Therefore, the core of these directives aiming to facilitate the market entry in the stage of generation by splitting up vertically integrated firms into independent parts is an application of the Unbundling approach. Using a dataset containing firm-level data on firms operating in 12 European countries from 2005 to 2014, this study provides an econometric analysis to understand the effects of the implementation of the third directive (2009/72/EG) on the productivity of electricity generators. The overall results show that the effect depends on the regulatory closeness of the regimes before and after the implementation. In particular, moving from Legal Unbundling to Ownership Unbundling is associated with significant increases in productivity and competition.
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Professor Kurt Kratena

Research groups: Environment, Agriculture and Energy
Philipp Steinbrunner, Kurt Kratena © WIFO
Philipp Steinbrunner, Kurt Kratena © WIFO