skip to navigation skip to content
 

Michael Pollitt

Michael Pollitt

Reader in Business Economics
Director of Studies in Management and Economics and Fellow of Sidney Sussex College

MA (University of Cambridge), MPhil, DPhil (University of Oxford)

Research interests

Industrial economics; privatisation and regulation of utilities especially in electricity; the measurement of productive efficiency; the relationship between Christian ethics and best practice business behaviour.

Subject group: Economics & Policy

Professional experience

Dr Pollitt is co-editor of Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy and a member of the editorial board of the Review of Industrial Organization and Competition and Regulation in Network Industries. He is also a Research Associate of the Centre for Business Research (CBR) and a member of the Faculty of Economics. He is currently a member of the Office of Rail Regulation's expert advisory panel, and an energy advisor to the Consumers' Association (Which?). Since 2000 he has been convenor of the Association of Christian Economists, UK.

Dr Pollitt has advised the UK Competition Commission, the New Zealand Commerce Commission, Ofgem, Ofwat, ESRC, the Norwegian Research Council, the DTI, the World Bank and the European Commission. He has also consulted for National Grid, AWG, Eneco, Nuon, Roche and TenneT. He is the Coach on the Cambridge MBA's "Energy & Environment" concentration, and the University's Energy Champion for Policy, Economics and Risk. He is Assistant Director of the Energy Policy Research Group, and a member of the Cambridge Corporate Governance Network.

Previous appointments

Before coming to Cambridge Judge Business School, Michael was a lecturer in applied industrial organisation at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge, from 1994-1999. He was a board member and trustee of Viva Network, Oxford, from 1999-2004. In the first half of 2003 Michael was a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at MIT. From 2001-2005 Michael was co-leader of the Cambridge-MIT Electricity Project.

In 2005 and 2006 Michael served as Acting Executive Director of the ESRC Energy Policy Research Group. In 2009 and 2010 he was a member of the New Zealand Commerce Commission's expert panel on Input Methodologies. From 2007-2011 he served as external economic advisor to Ofgem.

Selected publications

Here are a selection of Michael Pollitt's publications. Please see the "Selected publications" tab above for a more comprehensive list.

Pollitt, M. (2010) "Does electricity (and heat) network regulation have anything to learn from fixed line telecoms regulation?" Energy Policy, 38(3): 1360-1371

Kwoka, J. and Pollitt, M. (2010) "Do mergers improve efficiency? Evidence from restructuring the US electric power sector." International Journal of Industrial Organization, 28(6): 645-656 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2010.03.001)

Yang, H.L. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Incorporating both undesirable outputs and uncontrollable variables into DEA: the performance of Chinese coal-fired power plants." European Journal of Operational Research, 197(3): 1095-1105 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2007.12.052)

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Liberalisation and R&D in network industries: the case of the electricity industry." Research Policy, 37(6-7): 995-1008 (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2008.04.010)

Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (eds.) (2008) Delivering the low-carbon electricity system: technologies, economics and policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Jones, I.W., Pollitt, M. and Bek, D. (2007) Multinationals in their communities: a social capital approach to corporate citizenship projects. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal articles

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (1996) "Economics, ethics and integrity in business." Journal of General Management, 21(3): 30-47

Pollitt, M.G. (1996) "Ownership and efficiency in nuclear power production." Oxford Economic Papers, 48(2): 342-360

Pollitt, M. (1997) "The impact of liberalization on the performance of the electricity supply industry: an international survey." Journal of Energy Literature, 3(2): 3-31

Newbery, D.M. and Pollitt, M.G. (1997) "The restructuring and privatisation of Britain's CEGB: was it worth it?" Journal of Industrial Economics, 45(3): 269-303

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M. (1998) "Ethical and unethical competition: establishing the rules of engagement." Long Range Planning, 31(5): 703-710

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M. (1999) "From promise to compliance: the development of 'integrity' at SmithKline Beecham." Long Range Planning, 32(2): 190-198

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M. (1999) "Putting values into action: lessons from best practice." Long Range Planning, 32(2): 162-165

Nillesen, P.H.L. and Pollitt, M. (2001) "Becoming a best-practice company: the FPL story revisited." Electricity Journal, 14(9): 96-101

Nillesen, P., Pollitt, M. and Keats, K. (2001) "Identifying and quantifying the gains from M&A." Energy and Power Risk Management, 6(2): 42-45

Domah, P. and Pollitt, M.G. (2001) "Restructuring and privatisation of electricity distribution and supply businesses in England and Wales: a social cost-benefit analysis." Fiscal Studies, 22(1): 107-146

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2001) "Benchmarking and regulation: international electricity experience." Utilities Policy, 9(3): 107-130

Nillesen, P.H.L. and Pollitt, M.G. (2001) "Wie wird man Klassenprimus im Strommarkt?" Wirtschaftswelt Energie, 11: 16-19

Pollitt, M. (2002) "The economics of trust, norms and networks." Business Ethics, 11(2): 119-128

Pollitt, M.G. and Smith, A.S.J. (2002) "The restructuring and privatisation of British Rail: was it really that bad?" Fiscal Studies, 23(4): 463-502

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2003) "International benchmarking and regulation: an application to European electricity distribution utilities." Energy Policy, 31(15): 1609-1622

Jamasb, T., Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M. (2003) "Gaming the Regulator: a survey." The Electricity Journal, 16(10): 68-80

Matsuura, K., Pollitt, M., Takada, R. and Tanaka, S. (2003) "Institutional restructuring in the Japanese economy since 1985." Journal of Economic Issues, 37(4): 999-1022

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (2004) "Understanding how issues in corporate governance develop: Cadbury report to Higgs review." Corporate Governance: An International Review, 12(2): 162-171

Jamasb, T., Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M. (2004) "Strategic behaviour under regulatory benchmarking." Energy Economics, 26(5): 825-843

Jamasb, T., Pollitt, M. (2004) "Discussion of "Distribution access pricing: application of the OFTEL rule to a yardstick competition scheme"." IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, 19(4): 2113-2114

Pollitt, M. (2004) "Electricity reform in Chile: lessons for developing countries." Journal of Network Industries, 5(3-4): 221-262

Jones, I.W., Nyland, C.M. and Pollitt, M.G. (2004) "Multinationals in developing communities: how UK multinationals build social capital in South Africa." New Academy Review, 3(2): 70-91

Hattori, T., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Electricity distribution in the UK and Japan: a comparative efficiency analysis 1985-1998." The Energy Journal, 26(2): 23-47

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Electricity market reform in the European Union: review of progress toward liberalization and integration." The Energy Journal, 26(Special Issue): 11-41

Giannakis, D., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Benchmarking and incentive regulation of quality of service: an application to the UK electricity distribution utilities." Energy Policy, 33(17): 2256-2271

Pollitt, M. (2005) "The role of efficiency estimates in regulatory price reviews: Ofgem's approach to benchmarking electricity networks." Utilities Policy, 13(4): 279-288

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2006) "Electricity market liberalisation and integration in the European Union." D I C E Report, 4(2): 16-23

Jamasb, T., Newbery, D. and Pollitt, M. (2006) "Core indicators for determinants and performance of electricity sector in developing countries." International Journal of Regulation and Governance, 6(1): 43-78

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Incentive regulation of electricity distribution networks: lessons of experience from Britain." Energy Policy, 35(12): 6163-6187 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.06.022)

Pollitt, M.G. (2007) "Ownership unbundling of energy networks." Intereconomics, 42(6): 292-296

Nillesen, P.H.L. and Pollitt, M.G. (2007) "The 2001-2003 electricity distribution price control review in the Netherlands: regulatory process and consumer welfare." Journal of Regulatory Economics, 31(3): 261-287 (DOI: 10.1007/s11149-006-9014-8)

Growitsch, C., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Quality of service, efficiency and scale in network industries: an analysis of European electricity distribution." Applied Economics, 41(20): 2555-2570 (DOI: 10.1080/00036840701262872)

Pollitt, M. (2008) "Electricity reform in Argentina: lessons for developing countries." Energy Economics, 30(4): 1536-1567 (DOI: 10.1016/j.eneco.2007.12.012)

Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "The future of electricity (and gas) regulation in a low-carbon policy world." The Energy Journal, 29(S2): 63-94

Pollitt, M. (2008) "The arguments for and against ownership unbundling of energy transmission networks." Energy Policy, 36(2): 704-713 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.10.011)

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Reference models and incentive regulation of electricity distribution networks: an evaluation of Sweden's Network Performance Assessment Model (NPAM)." Energy Policy, 36(5): 1788-1801 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.01.034)

Jamasb, T., Pollitt, M. and Triebs, T. (2008) "Productivity and efficiency of US gas transmission companies: a European regulatory perspective." Energy Policy, 36(9): 3398-3412

Jamasb, T., Nuttall, W.J. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "The case for a new energy research, development and promotion policy for the UK." Energy Policy, 36(12): 4610-4614

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Security of supply and regulation of energy networks." Energy Policy, 36(12): 4584-4589 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.09.007)

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Liberalisation and R&D in network industries: the case of the electricity industry." Research Policy, 37(6-7): 995-1008 (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2008.04.010)

Yu, W., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Does weather explain cost and quality performance? An analysis of UK electricity distribution companies." Energy Policy, 37(11): 4177-4188 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.05.030)

Haney, A.B. and Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "Efficiency analysis of energy networks: an international survey of regulators." Energy Policy, 37(12): 5814-5830 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2009.08.047)

Yang, H.L. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Incorporating both undesirable outputs and uncontrollable variables into DEA: the performance of Chinese coal-fired power plants." European Journal of Operational Research, 197(3): 1095-1105 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2007.12.052)

Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "Evaluating the evidence on electricity reform: lessons for the South East Europe (SEE) market." Utilities Policy, 17(1) pp.13-23 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2008.02.006)

Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M. (2010) "Using regulatory benchmarking techniques to set company performance targets the case of US electricity." Competition and Regulation in Network Industries, 11(1): 50-84

Pollitt, M. (2010) "Does electricity (and heat) network regulation have anything to learn from fixed line telecoms regulation?" Energy Policy, 38(3): 1360-1371

Yang, H. and Pollitt, M. (2010) "The necessity of distinguishing weak and strong disposability among undesirable outputs in DEA: environmental performance of Chinese coal-fired power plants." Energy Policy, 38(8): 4440-4444

Kelly, S. and Pollitt, M. (2010) "An assessment of the present and future opportunities for combined heat and power with district heating (CHP-DH) in the United Kingdom." Energy Policy, 38(11): 6936-6945

Kwoka, J. and Pollitt, M. (2010) "Do mergers improve efficiency? Evidence from restructuring the US electric power sector." International Journal of Industrial Organization, 28(6): 645-656 (DOI: 10.1016/j.ijindorg.2010.03.001)

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (2011) "Electricity sector liberalisation and innovation: an analysis of the UK's patenting activities." Research Policy, 40(2): 309-324 (DOI: 10.1016/j.respol.2010.10.010)

Nillesen, P.H.L. and Pollitt, M.G. (2011) "Ownership unbundling in electricity distribution: empirical evidence from New Zealand." Review of Industrial Organization, 38(1): 61-93 (DOI: 10.1007/s11151-010-9273-5)

Haney, A.B. and Pollitt, M.G. (2013) "New models of public ownership in energy." International Review of Applied Economics, 27(2): 174-192 (DOI: 10.1080/02692171.2012.734790)

Books, monographs, reports & case studies

Pollitt, M.G. (1995) Ownership and performance in electric utilities: the international evidence on privatization and efficiency. Oxford: Oxford Institute for Energy Studies.

Cook, J. and Pollitt, M. (1999) Corporate strategy in the global pharmaceutical industry: the case of SmithKline Beecham. Bedford: European Case Clearing House.

Jones, I., Pollitt, M. and Cook, J. (1999) Development of an effective corporate compliance programme: case study on SmithKline Beecham. Cambridge: ESRC Centre for Business Research.

Bergman, L., Pollitt, M. et al. (1999) Monitoring European deregulation: vol.2: A European market for electricity? London: Centre for Economic Policy Research.

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (eds.) (1999) The role of business ethics in economic performance. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Pollitt, M. (eds.) (2000) Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives, and performance. Chiba, Japan: Institute of Developing Economies.

Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Pollitt, M. (eds.) (2002) Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives and performance. 2002 ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.) (2002) Understanding how issues in business ethics develop. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan.

Jamasb, T., Nuttall, W.J. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.) (2006) Future electricity technologies and systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pollitt, M. and Wolf, C. (2007) "Manila Water: privatising regulated services in a developing country." European Case Clearing House (ECCH).

Jones, I.W., Pollitt, M. and Bek, D. (2007) Multinationals in their communities: a social capital approach to corporate citizenship projects. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (eds.) (2008) Delivering the low-carbon electricity system: technologies, economics and policy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Pollitt, M. (2010) "Oral evidence taken before the Energy and Climate Change Committee on Wednesday 1 April 2009, Ev 1-Ev 19." House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on The Future of Britain's Electricity Networks, Second Report of Session 2009-10: vol.II, HC 194-II. London: HMSO.

Pollitt, M. (2010) "Memorandum submitted by Dr Michael Pollitt, ESRC Electricity Policy Research Group, Judge Business School, Ev 218-Ev 221." House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on The Future of Britain's Electricity Networks, Second Report of Session 2009-10: vol.II, HC 194-II. London: HMSO.

Book chapters

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (1998) "Conclusion." In Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (eds.): The role of business ethics in economic performance. Houndsmill: Macmillan, pp.211-218

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (1998) "Introduction." In Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (eds.): The role of business ethics in economic performance. Houndsmill: Macmillan, pp.1-20

Pollitt, M. (1999) "Issues in electricity market integration and liberalization." In Vaitilingam, R. (ed.): Monitoring European deregulation: vol.2: A European market for electricity? London: Centre for Economic Policy Research, pp.27-86

Pollitt, M. (1999) "The survey of the liberalization of public enterprises in the UK since 1979." In Kagami, M. and Tsuji, M. (eds.): Privatization, deregulation and institutional framework. Tokyo: Institute of Developing Economies, pp.120-169

Pollitt, M. (2000) "Declining role of the state in infrastructure investments in the UK." In Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Pollitt, M. (eds.): Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives, and performance. Chiba, Japan: Institute of Developing Economies, pp.142-177

Pollitt, M., McDaniel, T. and Mani, S. (2000) "Summary of the UK team." In Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Pollitt, M. (eds.): Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives, and performance. Chiba, Japan: Institute of Developing Economies, pp.121-141

Pollitt, M. (2002) "Declining role of the state in infrastructure investments in the UK." In Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Politt, M. (eds.): Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives, and performance. 2002 ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.67-100

Berg, S.V., Pollitt, M. and Tsuji, M. (2002) "Introduction." In Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Politt, M. (eds.): Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives, and performance. 2002 ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar

Berg, S.V., Pollitt, M. and Tsuji, M. (2002) "Conclusion." In Tsuji, M., Berg, S. and Politt, M. (eds.): Private initiatives in infrastructure: priorities, incentives, and performance. 2002 ed. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.227

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (2002) "Understanding how issues in business ethics develop: introduction." In Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Understanding how issues in business ethics develop. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.1-13

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (2002) "Understanding how issues in business ethics develop: lessons for business." In Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Understanding how issues in business ethics develop. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.169-

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (2002) "Who influences debates in business ethics? An investigation into the development of corporate governance in the UK since 1990." In Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Understanding how issues in business ethics develop. Houndsmill: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.14-68

Matsuura, K., Pollitt, M., Takada, R. and Tanaka, S. (2004) "Institutional restructuring in the Japanese economy since 1985." In Perraton, J. and Clift, B. (eds.): Where are national capitalisms now? Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp.133-153

Pollitt, M. (2005) "Learning from UK Private Finance Initiative experience." In Hodge, G. and Greve, C. (eds.): The challenge of public-private partnerships: learning from international experience. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp.207-230

Jamasb, T., Nuttall, W.J. and Pollitt, M.G. (2006) "New electricity technologies for a sustainable future." In Jamasb, T., Nuttall, W.J. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Future electricity technologies and systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.1-23

Pollitt, M. (2008) "Liberalisation and regulation in electricity systems: how can we get the balance right?" In Sioshansi, F.P. (ed.): Competitive electricity markets: design, implementation and performance. Oxford: Elsevier.

Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "Low-carbon electricity sector for the UK: issues and options." In Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Delivering a low carbon electricity system. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.1-28

Jamasb, T., Nuttall, W.J., Pollitt, M.G. and Maratou, A. (2008) "Technologies for a low-carbon electricity system: an assessment of the UK's issues and options." In Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Delivering a low carbon electricity system. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.64-99

Pollitt, M. and Bailek, J. (2008) "Electricity network investment and regulation for a low carbon future." In Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Delivering a low carbon electricity system. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.183-206

Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "A low-carbon electricity sector for the UK: what can be done and how much will it cost?" In Grubb, M., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (eds.): Delivering a low carbon electricity system. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.462-497

Conference papers

Green, R., Lorenzoni, A., Perez, Y. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Policy assessment and good practices." In Sustainable Energy Specific Support Assessment (SESSA): Conference on implementing the internal market of electricity: proposals and timetables, 9 September 2005, Brussels.

Pollitt, M., Jones, I. and Bek, D. (2007) "Multinationals in their communities: a social capital approach to corporate citizenship projects." In: Ain't misbehaving? Organisations, ethics and misbehaviour: European Business Ethics Network UK (EBEN UK) Annual Conference, 12-13 Apr 2007, Gloucester.

Working papers

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (1995) "Economics, ethics and unfair competition." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.22.

Pollitt, M. (1999) "Survey of the liberalisation of public enterprises in the UK since 1979." Applied Economics Department, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.1999/1.

Matsuura, K., Pollitt, M., Takada, R. and Tanaka, S. (1999) "Institutional restructuring in the Japanese economy 1985-1996." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.115.

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (1999) "Putting values into action in business: a study of the development of an 'integrity' value at SmithKline Beecham." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.121.

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (1999) "The development of ethical issues facing boards of directors: a model with implications." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.151.

Pollitt, M.G. (2000) "The declining role of the state in infrastructure investments in the UK." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.2000/1. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Domah, P. and Pollitt, M. (2000) "The restructuring and privatisation of electricity distribution and supply businesses in England and Wales: a social cost benefit analysis." Applied Economics Department, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.2000/7.

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2001) "Benchmarking and regulation of electricity transmission and distribution utilities: lessons from international experience." Applied Economics Department, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.2001/1.

Pollitt, M. and Smith, A.S.J. (2001) "The restructuring and privatisation of British Rail: was it really that bad?" Applied Economics Department, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.2001/18.

Jones, I.W., Nyland, C. and Pollitt, M. (2001) "How do multinationals build social capital? Evidence from South Africa." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.220.

Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M. (2001) "Who influences debates in business ethics? An investigation into the development of corporate governance in the UK since 1990." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.221.

Hattori, T., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M.G. (2002) "Relative performance of UK and Japanese electricity distribution systems 1985-1998: lessons for incentive regulation." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0212.

Domah, P., Pollitt, M. and Stern, J. (2002) "Modelling the costs of electricity regulation: evidence of human resource constraints in developing countries." Applied Economics Department, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.2002/29.

Jones, I.W., Nyland, C.M. and Pollitt, M.G. (2002) "How do multinationals build social capital? Evidence from Mexico." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.249.

Jamasb, T., Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M. (2003) "Strategic behaviour under regulation benchmarking." Applied Economics Department, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.2003/12.

Jones, I. and Pollitt, M. (2003) "Understanding how issues in corporate governance develop: Cadbury Report to Higgs Review." ESRC Centre for Business Research, Cambridge University, Working Paper No.277.

Pollitt, M.G. (2004) "Electricity reform in Chile: lessons for developing countries." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0448.

Pollitt, M.G. (2004) "Electricity reform in Argentina: lessons for developing countries." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0449.

Jamasb, T.J. and Pollitt, M.G. (2004) "Electricity market reform in the European Union: review of progress towards liberalisation and integration." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0471.

Jamasb, T., Mota, R., Newbery, D. and Pollitt, M. (2004) "Electricity sector reform in developing countries: a survey of empirical evidence on determinants and performance." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0439.

Nillesen, P.H.L. and Pollitt, M.G. (2004) "The consequences for consumer welfare of the 2001-2003 electricity distribution price review in the Netherlands." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0446.

Jamasb, T., Newbery, D. and Pollitt, M. (2004) "Core indicators for determinants and performance of electricity sector in developing countries." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0438.

Giannakis, D., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2004) "Benchmarking and incentive regulation of quality of service: an application to the UK electricity distribution utilities." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0408.

Jones, I., Nyland, C.M. and Pollitt, M. (2004) "Multinationals in developing communities: EU multinationals in Poland." ESRC Centre for Business Research Working Papers, No.285.

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Deregulation and R&D in network industries: the case of the electricity industry." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0533.

Growitsch, C., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Quality of service, efficiency and scale in network industries: an analysis of European electricity distribution." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.0538.

Bek, D., Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (2005) "How do multinationals build social capital: Diageo's corporate citizenship programme." Centre for Business Research Working Papers, No.302.

Jamasb, T., Neuhoff, K., Newbery, D., and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Long-term framework for electricity distribution access, report prepared and commissioned by Ofgem." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 05/07. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T., Nuttall, W.J., and Pollitt, M.G. (2005) "New electricity technologies for a sustainable future." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 05/12. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T., Mota, R., Newbery, D. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Electricity sector reform in developing countries: a survey of empirical evidence on determinants and performance." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, No.3549. World Bank.

Jamasb, T., Newbery, D. and Pollitt, M. (2005) "Core indicators for determinants and performance of the electricity sector in developing countries." World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, No.3599. World Bank.

Green, R., Lorenzoni, A., Perez, Y. and Pollitt, M. (2006) "Benchmarking electricity liberalisation in Europe." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 06/09. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jones, I., Pollitt, M. and Bek, D. (2006) "Multinationals in their communities: a social capital approach to corporate citizenship projects." Centre for Business Research Working Papers, No.337.

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Incentive regulation of electricity distribution networks: lessons of experience from Britain."Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0701. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Kwoka, J. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Industry restructuring, mergers and efficiency: evidence from electric power." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0708. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Yang, H. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Incorporating both undesirable outputs and uncontrollable variables into DEA: the performance of Chinese coal-fired power plants." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0712. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Yu, W., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Incorporating the price of quality in efficiency analysis: the case of electricity distribution regulation in the UK." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0713. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M. (2007) "The arguments for and against ownership unbundling of energy transmission." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0714. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Yang, H. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Incorporating undesirable outputs into Malmquist TFP index: environmental performance growth of Chinese coal-fired power plants." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0716. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Yang, H. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Distinguishing weak and strong disposability among undesirable outputs in DEA: the example of the environmental efficiency of Chinese coal-fired power plants." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0717. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2007) "Reference models and incentive regulation of electricity distribution networks: an evaluation of Sweden's Network Performance Assessment Model (NPAM)." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0718. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M. and Bialek, J. (2007) "Electricity network investment and regulation for a low carbon future." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0721. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M. (2007) "Liberalisation and regulation in electricity systems: how can we get the balance right?" Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0724. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M. (2007) "Evaluating the evidence on electricity reform: lessons for the South East Europe (SEE) market." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.0725. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Symeou, P.C. and Pollitt, M.G. (2007) "Telecomunications in small economies: the impact of liberalization and alternative technologies on universal service." Cambridge Judge Business School Working Papers, No.19/2007. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T., Pollitt, M.G. and Triebs, T. (2008) "Productivity and efficiency of US gas transmission companies: a European regulatory perspective." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 0806. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "The future of electricity (and gas) regulation." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG 0811. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "Using regulatory benchmarking techniques to set company performance targets: the case of US electricity." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0817. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Kwoka, J., Ozturk, S. and Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "Divestiture policy and operating efficiency in U.S. electric power distribution." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0819. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Nillesen, P. and Pollitt, M.G. (2008) "Ownership unbundling in electricity distribution: empirical evidence from New Zealand." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0820. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Yu, W., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Does weather explain the cost and quality? An analysis of UK electricity distribution companies." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0827. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Wolf, C. and Pollitt, M. (2008) "Privatising national oil companies: assessing the impact on firm performance." Cambridge Judge Business School Working Papers, No.02/2008. Cambrige: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Electricity sector liberalisation and innovation: an analysis of the UK patenting activities." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0901. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Yu, W. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Does liberalisation cause more electricity blackouts? Evidence from a global study of newspaper reports." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0902. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Haney, A.B., Jamasb, T. and Pollitt. M.G. (2009) "Smart metering and electricity demand: technology, economics and international experience." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0903. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Wolf, C. and Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "The welfare implications of oil privatisation: a cost-benefit analysis of Norway's Statoil." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0905. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "Electricity liberalisation in the European Union: a progress report." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0929. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Kelly, S. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Making combined heat and power district heating (CHP-DH) networks in the United Kingdom economically viable: a comparative approach." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0925. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M.G. and Stern, J. (2009) "Human resource constraints for electricity regulation in developing countries: has anything changed?" Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.EPRG0910. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "Does electricity (and heat) network regulation have anything to learn from fixed line telecoms regulation?" Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.EPRG0914. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Haney, A. and Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "Efficiency analysis of energy networks: an international survey of regulators." Cambridge Working Papers in Economics, No.EPRG0915. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Haney, A.B., Jones, I.W. and Pollitt, M.G. (2009) "UK retailers and climate change: the role of partnership in climate strategies." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG0928. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Affuso, L., Angeriz, A. and Pollitt, M. (2009) "Impact of privatisation on the efficiency of train operation in Britain." Centre for Globalisation Research Working Papers, No.28. London: Queen Mary, University of London.

Pollitt, M. (2010) "Green values in communities: how and why to engage individuals with decarbonisation targets." Centre for Business Research Working Papers, No.398. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "UK renewable energy policy since privatisation." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1002. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Haney, A.B. and Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "Exploring the determinants of 'best practice' in network regulation: the case of the electricity industry." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1012. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T., Orea, L. and Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "Weather factors and performance of network utilities: a methodology and application to electricity distribution." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1020. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Triebs, T.P. and Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "Is privatization enough? Finding performance breaks for UK power plants." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1021. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Jamasb, T., Orea, L. and Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "Estimating marginal cost of quality improvements: the case of the UK electricity distribution companies." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1027. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Haney, A.B. and Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "New models of public ownership in energy." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1030. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Haney, A.B., Jamasb, T., Platchkov, L.M. and Pollitt, M.G. (2010) "Demand-side management strategies and the residential sector: lessons from international experience." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1034. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Kelly, S. and Pollitt, M. (2011) "The local dimension of energy." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1103. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Platchkov, L.M. and Pollitt, M.G. (2011) "Economics of energy (and electricity) demand." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1116. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Heating up regulation

Research from Cambridge Judge Business School has been instrumental in developing a new system of energy market regulation Research from Cambridge Judge …

Read more

Energy costs crisis – what Cameron could do instead

Tax the big emitters and use the £50bn a year raised to lower income tax and VAT. Result? Make energy bills more …

Read more

Dr Ian Jones, University of Oxford and Dr Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School: Missing the human side of governance

The Cadbury Archive at Cambridge Judge Business School has been completed with the addition of copies of all the speeches on corporate …

Read more

Discussing emerging economies in Chile

Cambridge Judge Business School welcomes the Chilean Minister of Finance Cambridge Judge Business School was pleased to welcome Felipe Larraín Bascuñán, the …

Read more

Dr Michael Pollitt, Cambridge Judge Business School: Markets for water

Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) symposium on ‘Securing Food and Water’ attracted views from business leaders, …

Read more

Securing food and water

Symposium brings together leading experts in a bid to tackle food and water scarcity With soaring food prices and water scarcity affecting …

Read more

What’s going to keep the lights on?

Dr Michael Pollitt discusses the use of fossil fuels at this year’s Guardian Open Weekend Dr Michael Pollitt, Director of Programmes at …

Read more

Taking the long view

Dr Michael Pollitt defends the energy industry in the wake of criticism over their rising profits by their regulator Ofgem Defence of …

Read more

Energy prices may rise by 30%

If Britain adheres to its current energy and climate policy, consumers could face a 30% hike in retail prices by the year …

Read more

Energy sapping

‘The Electricity Market Reform’ or EMR may place too much regulation onto the energy industry and it’s the consumer who will end …

Read more

Too smart by half? Reducing household energy consumption and emissions

‘Smart measures’ will work to reduce household consumption as long as consumers use the technology to guide and adjust their consumption behaviours …

Read more

Dr Bill Nuttall, Dr Michael Pollitt, Dr David Reiner and Dr Pierre Noël, Electricity Policy Research Group: What price energy post-Fukushima?

The Electricity Policy Research Group explores the implications of the Japanese earthquake on European energy markets and policy In a new Cambridge …

Read more

Is social enterprise being set up to fail?

Is ‘Enterprise Society’ a myth or a reality? Are the resources needed to successfully deliver it in place? As redundant public sector …

Read more

Energy policies – the good, the bad and the ugly

The future of energy policies in the UK and Europe – is there a ‘right’ approach? What are the consequences for both …

Read more

Subsidising low carbon energy technologies

Academics from Cambridge Judge Business School have been setting out their joint visions of a future energy policy for the UK and …

Read more

Rewiring the system

Dr Michael Pollitt, Reader in Business Economics at Cambridge Judge Business School, believes we are entering a new era of renewable energy …

Read more

Oiling the wheels of productivity

The performance and efficiency of the world’s national oil companies – i.e. those still wholly under government ownership – could be increased …

Read more

New model regulation in the electricity industry

The problem of monopolistic control in the UK electricity industry remains a factor today in spite of several decades of regulation by …

Read more

YouTube: Florence School of Regulation: Electricity distribution regulation in the UK (RPI-X) by Michael Pollitt

Michael Pollitt examines the business models for network companies, focusing on the electricity distribution regulation in the UK and describing the RPI-X …

Read more

Corporate European Observatory: Life beyond emissions trading

What would fill the void if the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) were allowed to collapse? The briefing ‘Life beyond emissions …

Read more

Petroleum Review: Tackling high and rising prices

Rises in UK residential electricity and gas prices are the major political issue. Dr Michael Pollitt, Energy Policy Economist at Cambridge Judge …

Read more

Contact details

Michael Pollitt
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG
UK

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339615
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

m.pollitt@jbs.cam.ac.uk 

Research impact

Heating up regulation

Research from Dr Michael Pollitt and Dr Stephen Littlechild of Cambridge Judge Business School has been instrumental in developing a new system of regulation which encourages engagement with customers, say energy regulators.

Read more