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December 2003


Published in the Journal of Economic Issues Volume XXXVII, No. 4, December 2003. Copyright © 2003, Journal of Economic Issues. Used by permission.


The Institutionalist Approach to Public Utility Regulation explains and assesses the intellectual and institutional infrastructure that has come to be recognized as Harry Trebing’s contribution to regulatory economics, policy, and history. This infrastructure not only incorporates principles, history of ideas, and applicable theories but also includes an entourage of scholars who have been associated with Trebing in research and policy endeavors. In addition to providing scholarly work and policy involvement, Trebing, in partnership with his wife, Joyce, has provided organizational leadership. They have organized conferences, lectures, seminars, and research institutes and have facilitated policy interfacing with public utility commissioners and legislators. The book captures this history as a true adventure in the application of ideas. Trebing and his associates have been a force to be reckoned with in both academic and policy battlegrounds.

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