PracticeGroup: Regulated industries

Estimating the Wider Socio-economic Impacts of Ultra Fast Broadband for New Zealand

Sapere was engaged by Chorus to estimate in monetary values the benefits to consumers from Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB). The intent is to establish a baseline and stimulate further interest in an area that is under-researched. It is a contribution to the discussion and debate, rather than the final word. This report complements earlier work

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Economic value of the take-up of ultra-fast broadband in New Zealand

Gary Blick, Preston Davies, Kieran Murray and Michael Ryan were commissioned to analyse the potential economic benefits of ultra-fast broadband to New Zealand. Our report utilised firm-level data from official surveys to assess the potential gains in labour productivity as a result of the faster speeds associated with a fibre connection. We then translated those

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Sapere critique of Queensland Competition Authority’s Draft (and Final) Determination for retail electricity prices for 2016-17

On 31 May 2016, the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) issued its Final Determination for Regulated retail electricity prices for 2016-17. This determination relates to the “R” component of retail prices seen by customers. The “N” or network component is set by the Australian Energy Regulator. Under the final decision, regulated retail prices in Queensland increase,

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Understanding the value of the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner – October 2015

Vhari McWha and Kieran Murray were commissioned by the Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner (EGCC) to advise on possible strategic responses to increased bundling of electricity and gas with other services, and changes in consumer expectations about Consumer Dispute Resolution (CDR) services. In order to effectively influence the policy debate, we developed some measures of

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Stickybeak by proxy 28-11-2012

TUANZ (the Telecommunications Users Association) commissioned four articles on aspects of the telecommunications and Internet markets. This is the fourth article in the series, looking at privacy online. Our ideas about privacy need redefining in the internet age.

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And broadband for all 21-08-2012

TUANZ (the Telecommunications Users Association) commissioned four articles on aspects of the telecommunications and Internet markets. This is the third article in the series, looking at universal broadband access. Now everyone has access to a telephone, the question is how to get everyone great broadband.

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There’s life in the old dog yet 12-06-2012

TUANZ (the Telecommunications Users Association) commissioned four articles on aspects of the telecommunications and Internet markets. This is the second article in the series, looking at copyright. Contrary to popular belief, the Internet is reaffirming the importance of copyright even as it reshapes the music, film and publishing industries.

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The Value of Internet Services to New Zealand Businesses 31-03-2014

This report looks at the value of Internet services for firms outside the ICT sector. It is well known that the overall economic impact of the use of ICT by firms, e.g., use of online ordering in retail, is much more significant than the impact of ICT production, e.g., growth in jobs in the tech

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Going Places: Migration, Economics and the Future of New Zealand 14-03-2016

Going Places is about the economic contribution of migration to and from New Zealand in the last 25 years. The book builds on Sir Paul Callaghan’s vision of New Zealand as a place ‘where talent wants to live’, and looks at how we can attract skilled, creative and entrepreneurial people born elsewhere, and whether our

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Determining long run marginal cost for pricing

This paper examines the economic issues of determining long-run marginal cost (LRMC) for the pricing of services. It describes and analytically compares the main methods used for estimating LRMC and discusses the issues in using these to set prices. While the paper has been developed in the context of a review of water and waste-water

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