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Human resource constraints for electricity regulation in developing countries: Developments since 2001

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  • Pollitt, Michael
  • Stern, Jon

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We provide strong evidence that there are significant human resource constraints which limit the scale and, hence, the scope and potential effectiveness of electricity/energy regulatory agencies in developing countries. We summarise the key findings in our earlier Domah, Pollitt and Stern paper (2002). We then consider what new evidence there is on regulatory staffing levels since 2001/2002 and on the implications of high fixed costs for developing countries' electricity and regulatory policies. Our conclusion is that little has changed over the intervening period.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Utilities Policy.

Volume (Year): 19 (2011)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 53-60

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Handle: RePEc:eee:juipol:v:19:y:2011:i:2:p:53-60

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Keywords: Electricity regulation Human resource constraints Developing countries;

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  1. Laffont,Jean-Jacques, 2005. "Regulation and Development," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521840187, October.
  2. John Cubbin & Jon Stern, 2006. "The Impact of Regulatory Governance and Privatization on Electricity Industry Generation Capacity in Developing Economies," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 20(1), pages 115-141.
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  1. Haney, Aoife Brophy & Pollitt, Michael G., 2011. "Exploring the determinants of “best practice” benchmarking in electricity network regulation," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 39(12), pages 7739-7746.

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