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Stephen Littlechild

Fellow in Privatisation, Regulation & Competition

BCom (University of Birmingham), PhD (University of Texas at Austin), Hon DSc (University of Birmingham), Hon D Civ Law (University of East Anglia)

Professional experience

Dr Littlechild was a member of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission from 1983 to 1988 and Director General of Electricity Supply from 1989 to 1998. Since 1999 he has been an international consultant on privatisation, regulation and competition, especially in the electricity and telecommunications sectors, and an economic adviser to Ofgem.

Previous appointments

Dr Littlechild was Professor of Commerce (1975-1994) and Honorary Professor (1994-2004) at the University of Birmingham, where he is now Emeritus Professor.

Research interests

Privatisation, regulation and competition; electricity and telecommunications.

Stephen Littlechild is a member of the Economics & Policy subject group.

Selected publications

Littlechild, S. (2009) "Stipulated settlements, the consumer advocate and utility regulation in Florida." Journal of Regulatory Economics, 35(1): 96-109 (DOI: 10.1007/s11149-008-9071-2)

Littlechild, S. (2009) "Retail competition in electricity markets - expectations, outcomes and economics." Energy Policy, 37(2): 759-763 (DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2008.09.089)

Littlechild, S. (2009) "RPI-X regulation: Ofgem's RPI-X@20 review and the scope for more customer involvement." Network, 34: 1-10

Littlechild, S. (2010) "The creation of a market for electricity supply." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1017. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

Mountain, B. and Littlechild, S. (2010) "Comparing electricity distribution network revenues and costs in New South Wales, Great Britain and Victoria." Energy Policy, 38(10): 5770-5782

Littlechild, S. (2011) "The process of negotiating settlements at FERC." Electricity Policy Research Group Working Papers, No.EPRG1105. Cambridge: University of Cambridge.

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Contact details

Stephen Littlechild
Cambridge Judge Business School
University of Cambridge
Trumpington Street
Cambridge CB2 1AG

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339700 (via Reception)
Fax: +44 (0)1223 339701

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.

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