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Infrastructure Reform in Developing Economies: Evidence from a Survey of Economic Performance Measures
Estache, Antonio [ > > ]
Perelman, Sergio mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > HEC-Ecole de gestion : UER > Economie publique appliquée >]
Trujillo, Lourdes [ > > ]
Performance Measurement and Regulation of Network Utilities
Coelli, Tim
Lawrence, Denis
Edward Elgar Publishing
[en] This paper surveys the growing literature on developing countries’ infrastructure
performance measured through frontier analysis techniques. The focus is generally on
assessments of operators’ efficiency and productivity growth as part of benchmarking
exercises. Two broad types of benchmarks are identified in the literature. The first is
based on cross-country or cross regional performance comparisons, the second compares
performance before and after reforms, including privatization. These benchmarks are
often used to assess the impact of potential or actual policy reforms in specific countries.
In a growing number of instances, they are also being conducted in the context of tariff
revisions to assess the efficiency gains that can be shared with users as part of these
revisions. The main policy conclusions are that there is a difference in the performance
effect of key reforms, in particular privatization, between the transport sector and the
utilities sector but that generally incentive based regulation delivers efficiency in both
sectors The main technical conclusion is that even if in developing economies data
problems are constraining, these constraints are not as binding as often argued.
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