Utility Privatization and Regulation: A Fair Deal for Consumers? (In Association with UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER))

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Ugaz (U. of Sussex, UK) and Price (U. of East Anglia, UK) join 17 other economists to present ten articles on the impact of utility privatization, mainly in Latin America. The studies are divided between those that provide an overview and country case studies—these are for the UK, Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Two articles consider the issues of consumer participation and access to utilities by the poor, both in Latin America. The contributors are economists at universities and public institutions ...
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Overview

Ugaz (U. of Sussex, UK) and Price (U. of East Anglia, UK) join 17 other economists to present ten articles on the impact of utility privatization, mainly in Latin America. The studies are divided between those that provide an overview and country case studies—these are for the UK, Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru. Two articles consider the issues of consumer participation and access to utilities by the poor, both in Latin America. The contributors are economists at universities and public institutions for the countries under consideration as well as in the US. This volume was produced in association with the United Nations U. Institute for Development Economics Research. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
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Table of Contents

List of figures
List of tables
List of contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1 Introduction 3
2 Access by the poor in Latin America's utility reform: subsidies and service obligations 25
3 Access to utilities by the poor: a global perspective 54
4 Consumer participation and pro-poor regulation in Latin America 80
5 UK utility reform: distributional implications and government response 101
6 The reform of the utilities sector in Spain 125
7 The reform of the utilities sector in Argentina 149
8 Can the gains from Argentina's utilities reform offset credit shocks? 175
9 Capitalization, regulation and the poor: access to basic services in Bolivia 203
10 Redistributive impact of privatization and regulation of utilities in Chile 234
11 The social impact of privatization and the regulation of utilities in Peru 257
Index 289
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