The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics

2018 Edition
| Editors: Macmillan Publishers Ltd

Public Utility Pricing

  • Pierre B. Massé
Reference work entry


Public utility goods and services are, for any given state of the economy and of technology, those to which the members of a society are regarded as entitled at reasonable charge, and which could not be satisfactorily distributed through the usual market channels.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.


  1. Boiteux, M. 1956. Sur la gestion des monopoles publics astreints à l’équilibre budgétaire. Econometrica 24(1): 22–40.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Courbis, R. 1972. Tarifs publics et équilibre économique. Economie et Statistique 30: 19–27.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Curien, N., and C. Pautrat. 1973. An economic approach to telecommunications tariffs. ITU Telecommunication Journal April: 183–194.Google Scholar
  4. de la Brunetière, J., and N. Curien. 1985. Les transferts de revenus induits par la tarification téléphonique entre catégories d’abonnés et entre types de prestations. Annales des Télécommunications 699.Google Scholar
  5. Debreu, Gérard. 1959. Theory of value: An axiomatic analysis of economic equilibrium, Cowles Foundation monograph, No. 17. New York: Wiley.Google Scholar
  6. Dessus, G. 1949. Document VI-5 of the UNIPEDE Congress in Brussels, May. Trans. in International Economic Papers I. London and New York: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  7. Dubois, P. 1980. La rupture de 1974. Economie et Statistique 124: 3–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Hazlewood, A. 1950. Optimum pricing as applied to telephone service. Review of Economic Studies 18: 67–78.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Hotelling, H. 1938. The general welfare in relation to problems of taxation and of railways and utility rates. Econometrica 6(3): 242–269.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Hutter, R. 1950. La théorie économique et la gestion commerciale des chemins de fer: le problème tarifaire. Revue Générale des Chemins de Fer 69: 318–332.Google Scholar
  11. Littlechild, S.C. 1970. Peak-load pricing of telephone calls. Bell Journal of Economics and Management Science 1(2): 191–210.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Malinvaud, E. 1983. Essais sur la théorie du chômage. Paris: Calmann-Lévy.Google Scholar
  13. Morlat, G., and F. Bessière. 1971. Vingt-cinq ans d’économie électrique. Paris: Dunod.Google Scholar
  14. Munasinghe, M., and J.J. Warford. 1982. Electricity pricing. Theory and case studies. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, for the World Bank.Google Scholar
  15. Nelson, J.R. 1964. Marginal cost pricing in practice. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall.Google Scholar
  16. Squire, L. 1973. Some aspects of optimal pricing for telecommunications. Bell Journal of Economics and Management Sciences 4(27): 515–525.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Macmillan Publishers Ltd. 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  • Pierre B. Massé
    • 1
  1. 1.