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Document Type: Postprint
Title: An Empirical Analysis of State and Private-Sector Provision of Water Services in Africa.
Authors: Kirkpatrick, Colin
Parker, David
Zhang, Yin-Fang
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Colin Kirkpatrick, David Parker, Yin-Fang Zhang; An Empirical Analysis of State and Private-Sector Provision of Water Services in Africa. The World Bank Economic Review. Washington: 2006. Vol 20, Iss 1. p143
Abstract: Under pressure from donor agencies and international financial institutions such as the World Bank, some developing countries have experimented with the privatization of water services. This article reviews the econometric evidence on the effects of water privatization in developing economies and presents new results using statistical data envelopment analysis and stochastic cost frontier techniques and data from Africa. The analysis fails to show evidence of better performance by private utilities than by state-owned utilities. Among the reasons why water privatization could prove problematic in lower-income economies are the technology of water provision and the nature of the product, transaction costs, and regulatory weaknesses
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1826/2223
http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wber/lhj001
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