Regulated market

A regulated market or controlled market, is a market where the government controls the forces of supply and demand, such as who is allowed to enter the market, and/or what prices may be charged.[1] It is common for some markets to be regulated under the claim that they are natural monopolies. For example, telecommunications, water, gas or electricity supply. Often, regulated markets are established during the partial privatisation of government controlled utility assets.

A variety of forms of regulations exist in a regulated market. These include controls, oversights, anti-discrimination, environmental protection, taxation and labor laws.

In a regulated market, the government regulatory agency may legislate regulations that privilege special interests, known as regulatory capture.

See also


  1. Encyclopedia of Management. Pennsylvania State University. Gale, 2009. page xxxi

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