Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) University of Melbourne
D.Phil, Oxford University

Dr Christopher Decker is an economist who specialises in Law and Economics and economic regulation. His core research interests include: regulation (broadly defined to cover the utilities, professional services, financial regulation and environmental regulation); law and economics, behavioural economics, institutional economics and competition law. He is also interested in the law and economics of development.

Chris has published research studies and reports in relation to a range of regulated activities (energy, water, communications, transport, professional services). These studies have been submitted to, or published by: the OECD; the European Commission; the European Central Bank, and regulatory and government agencies in Australia, Argentina, Hong Kong, Japan, Lithuania, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has also been involved in number of competition law proceedings and regulatory proceedings including before the General Court of the European Union, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom and the World Bank International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes. He is currently a member of the UK Competition and Markets Authority Academic Panel; the Research Strategy Group of the Legal Services Board; and an Expert Group of the United Nations Global Water Programme. 


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  • C Decker, 'Utility and regulatory decision-making under conditions of uncertainty: balancing resilience and affordability' (2018) Utilities Policy (forthcoming)
  • C Decker, Regulatory implications of new products and services in electricity markets ( 2015)
  • C Decker and C Hodges, Government-sponsored voluntary regulation ( 2014)
  • C Decker, Regulating a network monopoly: principles of tariff setting and revenue recovery ( 2014)
  • C Decker, Strategy setting for payment systems ( 2014)
  • C Decker and H Gray, 'Public Utilities: Competition Litigation versus Regulatory Arbitration' (2013) 3 Global Competition Litigation Review 26
  • C Decker, 'The Consumer Knows Best: Involving Consumers in Regulatory Processes and Decision-making' (2013) 49 Network 1
  • C Decker and G Yarrow, Assessing the economic significance of the professional legal services sector in the European Union ( 2012)
  • C Decker and G Yarrow, Institutional Economics and its relevance to Environmental Policy ( 2012)
  • C Decker and H Gray, 'Antitrust and Arbitration in Regulated Sectors' (2011) 7 Competition Law International 7
  • C Decker, Economic Approaches to the Counterfactual ( 2011)
  • C Decker and G Yarrow, Understanding The Economic Rationale For Legal Services Regulation ( 2011)
  • C Decker, Encouraging Innovation in Energy Networks ( 2010)
  • C Decker, 'The objectives of economic regulators: Old tensions and new challenges' (2010) 36 Network
  • C Decker, Assessments of Regulatory Governance ( 2009)
  • C Decker, Characteristics of Alternative Price Control Frameworks ( 2009)
  • C Decker, International approaches to transmission access for renewable energy ( 2009)
  • C Decker, T Keyworth and G Yarrow, The impacts of regulation on productivity ( 2008)



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Research Interests

Regulation; Law and Economics; Utility regulation; Financial regulation; Environmental regulation Industrial organisation; Behavioural economics

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