Professor Catherine Waddams
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Catherine Waddams (formerly Price) is a faculty member of CCP and Professor in Norwich Business School, which she joined in 2000. She was director of CCP until July 2011. From 1995 to 2000 she was founding Director of the Centre for Management under Regulation and Professor in Warwick Business School, and prior to that senior lecturer in economics at the University of Leicester. She has held visiting positions at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Cambridge.
Her research interests are in the area of Industrial Organization, and she has published widely on privatization, regulation and the introduction of competition, especially in energy markets. She is particularly interested in the distributional impact of regulatory reform, and consumer choice in newly opened markets, both in the UK and elsewhere.
She is a Joint Academic Director of the Centre for Regulation in Europe (www.cerre.eu) and a Non Executive Director of the Water Services Regulation Authority (Ofwat). From 2001 to 2009 she was a part-time member of the UK Competition Commission.
Selected Recent Publications
Service Quality in Regulated Monopolies (with Bitten Brigham and Lin Fitzgerald), Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, 79(2), pp 197-225, 2008
The Future of Retail Energy Markets, The Energy Journal, special edition in honour of David Newbery, 125-147, 2008
The Impact of Electricity Market Reform on Consumers (with Khac Pham), Utilities Policy, special edition on reform in South East Europe, 17, 1, 43-48, 2009
Competition Remedies in Consumer Markets (with Luke Garrod, Morten Hviid and Graham Loomes), Loyola Consumer Law Review, 21, 4, 439-495, 2009
The Distribution of Individual Personal Tax Compliance Costs in the U.K. (with Laurence Mathieu and Francis Antwi), Applied Economics, 42, 3, 351-368, 2010
Do Consumers Switch to the Best Supplier? (with Chris M. Wilson), Oxford Economic Papers, 62: 647-668, 2010
Innovation and regulation in energy supply (with Elizabeth Hooper), Economic Affairs, 2, June, 13-20, 2010
Objective and Subjective Measures of Fuel Poverty
(with Karl Brazier and Wenjia Wang), Energy Policy, 49, 33-39, 2012
Non-discrimination clauses in the retail energy Sector (with Morten Hviid), The Economic Journal, 122, F236-252, 2012
Nonlinear Pricing and Tariff Differentiation: Evidence from the British Electricity Market (with Stephen Davies and Chris M. Wilson) The Energy Journal, 35, 1, 57-77, 2014
Well-functioning markets in retail energy (with Morten Hviid), European Competition Journal, 10, 1, 167-179. DOI:10.5235/17441056.10.1.167, 2014
Non-discrimination clauses: their effect on GB Retail Energy Prices 2005-2013 (with Minyan Zhu), forthcoming The Energy Journal, 2015
Current working papers
Consumer behaviour in the British retail electricity market(with Miguel Flores), CCP research paper 13-10 http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/documents/107435/107587/13-10+Flores+%26+Waddams+%28Complete%29/4f25262f-8b14-48c1-9048-b443e5b338be
Searching and Switching: Empirical estimates of consumer behaviour in regulated markets (with Catherine Webster and Minyan Zhu) December 2013 http://competitionpolicy.ac.uk/documents/107435/107587/13-11+Complete.pdf/97349ab4-1532-4eb7-a8fc-35fd2c8da011
Measuring Consumer Inertia in Energy (with David Deller, Monica Giulietti, Joo Young Jeon, Graham Loomes and Ana Moniche) to be presented at Energy Industry at a Crossroads: preparing the low carbon future at Toulouse, 4-6 June 2014
Key Research Interests
Catherine's research interests are in the area of Industrial Organization, and she has published widely on privatization, regulation and the introduction of competition, especially in energy markets. She is particularly interested in the distributional impact of regulatory reform, and consumer choice in newly opened markets, both in the UK and elsewhere.
Catherine would welcome applications from students with an economics background who wish to pursue research in the following areas:
Economic reform and regulation
Economics of energy
The role of consumers in competition policy
Catherine teaches economic regulation as part of the postgraduate module NBS-MD03 on Business Regulation and Corporate Governance. she also contributes two lectures to the undergraduate module 3M9Y