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Driving forces for consolidation or fragmentation of the US water utility industry: A cost function approach with endogenous output

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  • Torres, Marcelo
  • Morrison Paul, Catherine J.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Urban Economics.

Volume (Year): 59 (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 104-120

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juecon:v:59:y:2006:i:1:p:104-120

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  12. Abbott, Malcolm & Cohen, Bruce, 2009. "Productivity and efficiency in the water industry," Utilities Policy, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 17(3-4), pages 233-244, September.
  13. Anne-Kathrin Faust & Andrea Baranzini, 2014. "The economic performance of Swiss drinking water utilities," Journal of Productivity Analysis, Springer, Springer, vol. 41(3), pages 383-397, June.
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