Economic Regulation

Link Economics advises clients across a number of regulated sectors including airports, electricity, telecommunications, and water.

We advise on the design and development of regulatory frameworks that deliver long term benefits to consumers, while ensuring that shareholders are appropriately compensated for their investments. These frameworks include disclosure and monitoring through to more detailed types of regulatory interventions that set prices or revenue caps and enforce service quality requirements.

We are experienced in implementing a range of access pricing approaches including the use of utility-style building block models, “retail-minus” methodologies, and forward-looking efficient cost methodologies. For cost-based methodologies, we provide advice and estimation of key inputs such as the regulated rate of return, cost allocation methodologies, the estimation of depreciation, the calculation of operating expenses and the appropriate treatment of taxation and inflation.

Expert reports provide by our team have been submitted to regulators in the context of regulatory breach investigations.

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Economic Regulation projects completed by Link Economics

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Review of airport landing fees

Evaluation for Freightways and New Zealand Post of aeronautical pricing proposals by Christchurch International Airport (2022) and Palmerston North Airport...
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Review of electricity distribution price-setting compliance statements

Annual Price-Quality Path Price-Setting Compliance Statements Review, 2022-2023 Non-exempt electricity distribution businesses (EDBs) in New Zealand must ensure that they...
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Fibre access regulation in New Zealand

Expert report for Trustpower on the Commerce Commission’s Emerging Views on Fibre Regulation, 2019 The Commerce Commission was considering the...
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Pricing methodology regulatory disclosures for electricity networks

Preparing electricity distribution pricing methodology and pricing roadmap regulatory disclosures, 2019 Electricity networks in New Zealand must disclose a pricing...
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International comparisons of wholesale broadband prices

Preparation for Telstra Corporation of international comparisons of wholesale broadband prices, Australia, 2019-2022 In 2019, Telstra engaged Link Economics to...
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Regulatory support for ActewAGL

Support to Canberra’s multi-utility provider ActewAGL on electricity, gas and water regulatory issues, 2019-20 Link Economics provided support in preparing...
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Implementation support for telecommunications regulation in Bermuda

Support to the Bermuda Department of Telecommunications and the Bermuda Regulatory Authority, 2010-13  In conjunction with Gabel Communications, Link Economics provided...
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Mobile termination regulation in New Zealand

Provision of expert economic analysis for Two Degrees Mobile on Mobile Termination Rate (MTR) regulation, 2009-2011 Emma Ihaia was retained...

Other services we offer

Competition & Antitrust

Our team’s experience includes preparing expert evidence that is submitted to competition authorities in the context of clearance and authorisation applications is used in market studies or is filed in legal proceedings.

Infrastructure Pricing

Our work on infrastructure pricing has involved determining revenue requirements, deriving efficient price signals, modelling bill impacts and equity effects, and evaluating cost allocation methodologies.

Contact us today for expert economic guidance in infrastructure regulation, competition law, and pricing.

At Link Economics, we pride ourselves on our focus on quantitative economics that can be applied in practical commercial contexts. We use advanced economic and financial modeling techniques to provide clients with accurate and reliable guidance, and we are committed to presenting complex economic and financial concepts in a way that is accessible to a wide range of audiences.