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Universal service obligations in developing countries

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  • Estache, Antonio
  • Laffont, Jean-Jacques
  • Xinzhu Zhang

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This paper develops a model to analyze the impacts of asymmetric information on optimal universal, service policy in the public utilities of developing countries. Optimal universal service policy is implemented using two regulatory instruments: pricing and network investment. Under discriminatory pricing asymmetric information leads to a higher price, and smaller network in the rural area, than under full information. Under uniform pricing, the price is also lower but the network is even smaller. In addition, under both pricing regimes, not only the firm, but also taxpayers have incentives to collude with the regulator.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3421.

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Date of creation: 01 Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3421

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Keywords: Environmental Economics&Policies; Knowledge Economy; Insurance&Risk Mitigation; Economic Theory&Research; Insurance Law; Education for the Knowledge Economy; Knowledge Economy; Economic Theory&Research; Environmental Economics&Policies; Geographical Information Systems;

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  1. Luo, Guo-liang & Guo, Yi-wei, 2013. "Rural electrification in China: A policy and institutional analysis," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 23(C), pages 320-329.
  2. Gerlach, Esther & Franceys, Richard, 2010. "Regulating Water Services for All in Developing Economies," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 38(9), pages 1229-1240, September.
  3. Gasmi, Farid & Recuero Virto, Laura, 2005. "Telecommunications Technologies: Deployment in Developing Countries," MPRA Paper 2443, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Esther Gerlach & Richard Franceys, 2010. "'Standpipes and beyond'-a universal water service dynamic," Journal of International Development, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 22(4), pages 455-469.

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