Master's Theses


Economics, Finance, & Accounting

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


The purpose of this study is to present a comparison in the rates of an investor-owned utility company and a government-financed utility company. These companies are typical electric companies and will serve as reliable representatives of the two types of utilities studied in this thesis. I intend to provide some accurate data on the factors used to compile the different types of electric power rates offered to customers receiving their service from competing electric utility companies. People living within the same general area may have some choice of the company to deliver their service to them and rates will be one of the factors which help make this choice. The study should provide some insight into the nature of competition between electric utility companies operating within the same general area. I intend to show a relationship between this competition of utilities and the rates charged for their services. After a careful study of the literature available in Hays, Kansas, in both Forsythe Library and the Public Library, I have found this subject has not been used as Master's thesis material in the past. The problem I intend to solve in this study is one asked many times by the residents in the northeastern corner of the State of Oklahoma: “Why are the electric power rates of one company in this area different from the rates of another company, when they give the same type of service?" I also hope to trace and evaluate the many factors, such as interest rates paid on money borrowed for investment, taxes, and the number of customers desiring service, which cause the differences in rates.


Dr. Milburn Little

Date of Award

Spring 1966

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1966 Joe Odis Sherman


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