Taxation by Regulation and Regulation by Taxation: The Case of Local Cable TV Regulation

Taxation by Regulation and Regulation by Taxation: The Case of Local Cable TV Regulation Until late 1986, municipalities played a major role in cable television regulation.Municipalities not only regulated pricing and quality decisions but also taxed cablesystems in the forms of in-kind and in-cash concessions. These activities appear tofit well with the concept of taxation-by-regulation, which concludes that consumerwelfare is reduced because of the rent seeking behavior of local politicians. At thesame time however, the notion of regulation-by-taxation is equally plausible. Thatis, politicians may use taxation as a means to regulate the activity of a monopoly bylimiting monopoly rents and improving consumer welfare. This article empiricallyseparates these two effects and investigates the implications for consumer welfare. Review of Industrial Organization Springer Journals

Taxation by Regulation and Regulation by Taxation: The Case of Local Cable TV Regulation

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Kluwer Academic Publishers
Copyright © 2002 by Kluwer Academic Publishers
Economics; Industrial Organization; Microeconomics
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