A Framework for Analyzing Tariffs and Subsidies in Water Provision to Urban Households in Developing Countries
AbstractThis paper aims to present a basic conceptual framework for understanding the main practical issues and challenges relating to tariffs and subsidies in the water sector in developing countries. The paper introduces the basic economic notions relevant to the water sector; presents an analytical framework for assessing the need for and evaluating subsidies; and discusses the recent evidence on the features and performance of water tariffs and subsidies in various regions, with a special focus on Africa. The discussion is limited to the provision of drinking water to urban households in developing countries.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by United Nations, Department of Economics and Social Affairs in its series Working Papers with number 63.
Length: 43 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2008
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water; access to water; tariffs; subsidies; urban development;
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- NEP-AFR-2008-01-19 (Africa)
- NEP-AGR-2008-01-19 (Agricultural Economics)
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- NEP-DEV-2008-01-19 (Development)
- NEP-SEA-2008-01-19 (South East Asia)
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