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Toward defining and measuring the affordability of public utility services

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  • Kessides, Ioannis
  • Miniaci, Raffaele
  • Scarpa, Carlo
  • Valbonesi, Paola

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This paper reviews the progress made in the literature toward defining and measuring the affordability of utilities. It highlights the relative merits of alternate affordability metrics; the practical challenges to their operationalization, including the underlying data requirements; and their implications for the design, evaluation, and implementation of appropriate affordability programs.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4915.

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Date of creation: 01 Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4915

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Keywords: Access to Finance; Economic Theory&Research; Town Water Supply and Sanitation; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Rural Poverty Reduction;

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  1. Mladen Čudanov & Ondrej Jaško & Gheorghe Săvoiu, 2012. "Public and Public Utility Enterprises Restructuring: Statistical and Quantitative Aid for Ensuring Human Resource Sustainability," The AMFITEATRU ECONOMIC journal, Academy of Economic Studies - Bucharest, Romania, vol. 14(32), pages 307-322, June.
  2. Gawel, Erik & Sigel, Katja & Bretschneider, Wolfgang, 2011. "Affordability of water supply in Mongolia: Empirical lessons for measuring affordability," UFZ Discussion Papers 9/2011, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ), Division of Social Sciences (ÖKUS).
  3. Gawel, Erik & Bretschneider, Wolfgang, 2010. "Investigating affordability problems of utility services - a theoretical study on the ratio measure," IAMO Forum 2010: Institutions in Transition – Challenges for New Modes of Governance 52714, Leib­niz Institute of Agricultural Development in Central and Eastern Europe (IAMO).

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