La competencia en la distribución de electricidad en Madrid, 1890-1913

Anna M. Aubanell Jubany


This article examines the pricing strategies used by electric utilities in the Madrilanean electricity distribution market. The legal framework, which did not allow the granting of a concession for monopoly in the electric industry, and the potential market for electricity that Madrid had, favoured competition amongst companies. During the period analyzed, the market structure changed from duopoly to oligopoly, with four big distributors and several small ones, and finally, after a price war, to a "stable duopoly". Thanks to this peculiar development, Madrid had a higher degree of electrification at the eve of WWI than Chicago, Berlin, Paris or Rome.

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