International Online Summer School on the Regulation of Local Public Services 23rd Edition, 6-10 September 2021

Publish Date: Jul 04, 2021

Deadline: Jul 15, 2021

Event Dates: from Sep 06, 2021 12:00 to Sep 10, 2021 12:00


The School is designed to offer a “full immersion”  in user charges regulation of local public services (e.g. waste, water, public transport, district heating, sport facilities) and is mainly addressed to undergraduate students at their last year, PhD and graduate students and officials from the Public Administration (municipalities, counties, regional bodies) and regulatory agencies.

 The course lasts one week and is articulated in two parts:
 - theoretical module;
 - industry analysis and case studies.

 For further information, please have a look to the programme


The programme will be delivered online via live webinar on Zoom. Participants will be able to interact with each other and professors via the live chat. Lectures are scheduled from 1 PM to 4.45 PM Rome time (CEST); UTC +2.


Fee and selection criteria

For registered participants, participation is free! Please note that the webinar admits a maximum of 500 participants. In case of a higher number of registered participants, curricula will be evaluated on the basis of three main criteria:

1) relevance of applicant's studies and professional experience / current job position to the topics of the Summer School programme
2) balanced geographical distribution of selected participants (OECD / non-OECD members; distribution per continent; inclusion of applicants from Countries non represented in the previous editions)
3) balanced distribution of educational background (e.g. economics; environmental engineering; law; public administration; ...)

Moreover, in the case of curricula with similar score, also some attention is given to the selection of profiles with expertise in different sectors relevant to the domain of regulation of LPS (e.g. water cycle, waste, energy, ...). 

Admitted attendants will be contacted via e-mail within the 30th of July 2021.


The School is addressed to final year undergraduate students, graduates and PhD candidates, official of the Public Administration (municipalities, counties, regional bodies) and regulatory agencies staff who intend to study in depth some of the most relevant issues for regulation, tariff setting and management of local public services, either of environmental interest or not. The programme is designed as an intensive workshop, combining theoretical modules and case studies. 

More specifically the course is designed as follows: 

- Part one is devoted to theory, economic models and analytical instruments for local regulation; 

- Part two includes sector analysis of the main industrial local public services (e.g. water cycle, urban waste), country-based cases studies and guest lectures.

Topics covered

 - Regulation as a game of incomplete information: incentives and mechanism design in local regulation
 - Natural / legal monopoly and market failures
 - Regulatory Authorities at local level: constraints
 - Regulatory targets: price/demand, costs, profits, quality
- Economic analysis for regulation : public and private costs, industrial economic analysis, capital budgeting  sensitivity analysis, risk analysis
 - Regulatory policies: ex-ante and ex-post regulation, auction, price-cap, IRR, other instruments

 - Sector-based case studies (e.g. water cycle, urban waste management)
 - Country-based case studies
 - Guest lectures by international experts and practitioners.

The Summer School is a unique experience offering the opportunity to meet an international faculty and participants from all over the world, interested in learning and sharing experiences about local policies and local regulation.  

For more information click "LINK TO ORIGINAL" below.

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