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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, telecommunications, airport and water sectors, and an economic adviser to several regulatory bodies.

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; energy; telecommunications; airports; water.

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

Selected publications

Littlechild, S.C. (2012) "Merchant and regulated transmission: theory, evidence and policy." Journal of Regulatory Economics, 42(3): 308-335 (DOI: 10.1007/s11149-012-9189-0)

Bordignon, S. and Littlechild, S.C. (2012) "The Hunter Valley access undertaking: elements of a negotiated settlement." Transport Policy, 24: 179-187 (DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2012.08.001)

Littlechild, S.C. (2014) "The Competition Assessment Framework for the retail energy sector: some concerns about the proposed interpretation." European Competition Journal, 10(1): 181-202 (DOI: 10.5235/17441056.10.1.181)

Littlechild, S.C. (2014) "The creation of a market for retail electricity supply." In: Brousseau, E. and Glachant, J.-M. (eds) The manufacturing of markets: legal, political and economic dynamics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp.166-198

Littlechild, S.C. (2014) "RPI-X, competition as a rivalrous discovery process, and customer engagement - paper presented at the conference The British Utility Regulation Model: Beyond Competition and Incentive Regulation?" Utilities Policy, 31: 152-161 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2014.09.008)

Littlechild, S.C. (2014) "The Customer Forum: customer engagement in the Scottish water sector." Utilities Policy, 31: 206-218 (DOI: 10.1016/j.jup.2014.10.002)

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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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