23.06.15 – Ofwat Appointment

Ofwat appoints Economic Insight to lead the design element of Water 2020.  Economic Insight is working with Ofwat to help develop the regulator’s approach to the PR19 price control, as part  of its Water 2020 Programme.  Our role is to head up the initial work on the ‘design’ of the new regulatory framework, addressing in…

05.06.15 – Latest Insights

Our latest batch of Insights is now available for download from the publications section of our website.  In Carry on collaborating we explore alternatives to the standard ‘economic impact assessment’ techniques used in the context of ‘science and innovation campuses’.  In Challenging productivity we argue that understanding the causes of the differences between productivity growth of different sectors of the economy…

23.04.15 – Water Market Reform Conference

Economic Insight sponsors Water Market Reform conference. Economic Insight is sponsoring the forthcoming Water Market Reform conference, at which industry experts will discuss the key issues facing the imminent retail market opening – including key decisions associated with business structure and strategy.  The conference is being held in London on 2 July 2015.

11.03.15 – University of Worcester Commission

The University of Worcester has commissioned Economic Insight to undertake a study to estimate the university’s economic value.  The university is one of the fastest growing in the UK, with annual admissions increasing by 8% pa in recent years, compared to a 2% national average.  In addition, it uniquely boasts the first public / private joint venture library…

03.03.15 – European Competition Law Review Article

The European Competition Law Review has published an article by James Harvey “The rocky road to competition”.  The article discusses how regulatory safeguards designed to protect consumers while competition is introduced could have the opposite effect.  It is available for download in the publications section of this website.

22.02.15 – Bristol Water Ofwat Review

Bristol Water (Bristol) has rejected Ofwat’s latest price determination and is seeking a review by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).  Ofwat has allowed Bristol to incur £409m to run its wholesale business, whereas it had planned to spend over £500m.  Economic Insight is advising Bristol on various issues relating to Ofwat’s cost assessment, including…

30.01.15 – Insights

Our latest batch of Insights is now available for download from the publications section of our website.  In Better the devil you know we explore how framing of known and unknown risks shapes individual choice and policy.  In Experimental economics – scattergun or science?, we describe what experiments are and highlight some of the key issues in their use.  Finally, in Market…

12.12.14 – Revenue boost for the water industry

Economic Insight secures an additional £36.4m of revenues for the water industry.  Ofwat today published its Final Price Determinations for water and sewerage companies in England and Wales.  In the new price limits Ofwat accepted claims for retail cost inflation for four companies: Bristol, Portsmouth, Wessex and Yorkshire, all of whom were advised by Economic…