Cover: An Evaluation of Economists' Influence on Electric Utility Rate Reforms

An Evaluation of Economists' Influence on Electric Utility Rate Reforms

Published in: American Economic Review, v. 72, no. 2, May 1982, p. 114-119

Posted on rand.org 1982

by Jan Paul Acton

This paper traces the role economists played in getting data, analyzing data, and evaluating alternative rate structures. In an attempt to assess the effectiveness of economists in this process, I focus on how our profession influenced the arguments put forth and the nature of the evidence used in the debate--not on whether the outcomes in terms of rates were those proposed or preferred by economists. (Author)

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