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Water Service Delivery Reform in China: Safeguarding the Interests of the Poor

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  • Denis Nitikin

    (The World Bank)

  • Chunli Shen

    (University of Maryland)

  • Qian Wang

    (San Francisco State University)

  • Heng-fu Zou

    (CEMA, Central University of Finance and Economics
    Shenzhen University
    Peking University
    Wuhan University)

Abstract

China faces a water scarcity problem that is severe by international standards. Many factors, including rapid urbanization and environmental degradation etc, have been challenging the water service delivery in China. Since water scarcity and quality have impact on the poor, reforms to the water service provision can produce substantial improvements in the living standard of the economically disadvantaged groups. The objective of this study is to critically evaluate the strengths and weakness of China's current water financing and delivering system, with a focus on safeguarding the interests of the poor, and to offer insight into possible solutions.

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Article provided by Society for AEF in its journal Annals of Economics and Finance.

Volume (Year): 13 (2012)
Issue (Month): 2 (November)
Pages: 463-487

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Keywords: Water administration; Water pricing; Water financing;

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