Summary of Lessons from Deregulation

Telecommunications and Airlines after the Crunch

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Lessons from Deregulation book summary
Deregulation is not to blame for recent woes in the airline and telecommunications industries — but regulation might be.

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8 Innovation

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You would hardly expect economist Alfred E. Kahn, the grandfather of deregulation, to back down on the concept now - and he doesn't. This helpful, up-to-date guide gives a snapshot of Kahn's take on the state of aviation and telecommunications deregulation amid the economic struggles of the post-bubble, post-Sept. 11 era. Does deregulation still serve the public's interest? Kahn, whom you can thank or curse the next time you board a cheap, overcrowded flight, argues staunchly that deregulation's biggest problems come from regulatory authorities who succumb to the temptation to, well, regulate. This is particularly true in the arcane field of telecommunications policy, where some governmental bodies have passed regulations designed to stimulate artificial, rather than market-driven, competition. Overall, the book is stronger when Kahn analyzes the complexities of aviation deregulation than it is when he unravels telecommunications policy. getAbstract highly recommends it to policy wonks who love what Kahn hath wrought and to those who wish they could hang up on it.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How Alfred E. Kahn, the premier advocate of deregulation, responds to the downturns in the airline and telecommunications industries
  • Why policy makers should avoid artificial, regulatory measures intended to stimulate competition
  • How recent economic setbacks actually bolster the case for deregulation
 

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Changing the Rules of the Game
Do the post-deregulation financial woes of the telecommunications and airline industries call for a return to regulation? No. Exactly the opposite. Deregulation is more important now than ever, and those areas where governmental authorities have kept their...
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About the Author

Alfred E. Kahn is considered the leading authority on public utility deregulation in the United States. A former economic adviser to President Carter, he chaired the New York Public Service Commission. He is currently a professor emeritus at Cornell University.


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