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TitleDoes the private sector deliver on its promises? : evidence from a global study in water and electricity
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGassner, K, Popov, A, Pushak, N
Secondary TitleGridlines
Pagination4 p.; 1 tab.; 1 fig.
Date Published2008-05-01
PublisherWorld Bank
Place PublishedWashington, DC, USA
Keywordselectricity, energy, energy consumption, private sector, privatization

Is private operation better than public when it comes to utilities; a recent global study funded by the World Bank and Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF) examines the effect of private sector participation in electricity distribution and water and sanitation services. Using a data set of more than 1,200 utilities in 71 developing and transition economies, the study finds that privately operated utilities convincingly outperform state-run ones in operational performance and labor productivity. [authors abstract]

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