Alongside with training and capacity-building activity, TSR promotes a policy-oriented research stream on local aspects of regulation. 


FIELD | Framework of Incentives to Empower Local Decision-makers
The Turin School of Regulation is developing a multidisciplinary methodology for the analysis of local actors, incentives and information endowment that surround and lie behind the success or the failure of local services, infrastructures and projects, defining the playing field where their realization takes place. The methodology aims to narrow the gap between the result of academic research and daily decisions making process in relevant context as local public service regulation, project life cycle, local welfare policies. Visit FIELD webpage.

PRIMI | Privatization Regulation in Italy, Mexico and India
This project, coordinated by SOAS-University of London, develops a framework for a large collaborative and comparative research project on water governance. The substantive part of the framework is developed through comparative analysis of regulation and privatization in water governance and their impact on water security in three countries: Italy, Mexico and India. Research focuses on the shared but diverse experience of urban-rural and sectoral water re-allocation as part of societal (post-) modernization. Visit PRIMI webpage

Turin-Index | Turin-Index on final users arrears status
The research project explores the possibility of using billing data of local public services to derive a signal of vulnerability (or presence of a fuel poverty state). The working group referred to the economic and sociological literature that studies the poverty states, i.e. periods of life in which the disposable income of the family is below a certain threshold, as a reference point to analyze the dynamics of arrears. In particular, the use of the Longitudinal Poverty Index (Mendola et al., 2011) was proposed to create an index, the Turin-Index, capable to define different levels of arrearage intensity. Through the use of this measure it is possible to provide a dynamic view of the phenomenon based on the history of payments for each household, the intensity of delays and an “emergency effect”. The Index can be easily aggregated to construct city or regional measures. Visit Turin-index webpage

MONSPL | Monitoring Tariffs of Public Services and family expenditures. An analysis in main cities of Piemonte Region  
MONSPL is an annual report containing data related to tariffs of water, waste, gas, electricity and district heating for households in county towns in Piedmont and in other 9 Piedmontese municipalities selected amongst those with a higher number of inhabitants. The aim of the study is to develop an analytic and complete information set on the structure and the dynamics of tariffs in local public services, on the relationship with the cost of living and on incidence on family expenditures. This is useful information to manage with due awareness the debate on public services, delivering trustful information to different stakeholders (institutions, regulatory bodies, utilities, consumers). Visit MONSPL webpage (in Italian)

Mechanism design and local regulation: the case of welfare and aid policies
In 2010 a stream of research on transdisciplinary analysis of individuals’ behavior was launched, thanks to the analysis and application of Mechanism Design theories and to the study of Information Asymmetries, and of Behavioural Economics . More specifically, FA/ TSLR started exploring how these theories can be applied to certain contexts, in particular to welfare policies, which are very complex when they go beyond simple transfer of subsidies or aid to recipients listed in potential beneficiary lists. A collection of international case studies of Conditional Cash Transfer policies led to the organization of an international conference in Torino in 2012, titled “Rethinking aid and subsidies in urban contexts”. A second step was the development of a game (in the sense of Game Theory) between a giver and a recipient of welfare benefits with conditions attached. The preliminary results of the game were presented in the paper "Helping the Poor as a Non Cooperative Game". Visit this link to know more.


AFFORD | Affordability of tariffs of main local public services in Piedmont 
The project aims at analysing the issue of affordability of tariffs of main local public services, in particular energy-environment related services, identifying the factors of change and the impacts on vulnerable groups. This in order to provide local policy makers and stakeholders with the necessary knowledge and instruments to face a topic that, considering the macroeconomic context, is likely to attract more and more attention. Visit AFFORD webpage (IT | EN)