The Effect of Endogenous Regulation on Telecommunications Expansion and Efficiency in Latin America

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Abstract

I examine the effect of reform on telecom performance using a second-generation regulatory framework index and panel data techniques to test how regulatory governance affected sector performance in 22 Latin American countries during the period 1980-1997. Sound regulatory governance in telecommunications has a positive impact on network expansion and efficiency, in both the static and dynamic specifications. Openness of markets to competition and divestment of former state-owned telco operators also contributed positively to better sector performance. The dynamic specification shows that past performance has its own strong effect on present (and perhaps future) performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-286
Number of pages30
JournalJournal of Regulatory Economics
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics

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