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Do regulation and ownership drive the efficiency of electricity distribution? Evidence from Latin America

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  • Rossi, Martin A.

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We analyze the impact of alternative regulatory regimes on the labor productivity of electricity distribution firms in Latin America. We find that (i) incentive-based regimes lead to higher labor productivity than rate-of-return regulation, and (ii) privatized firms operating under rate of return have, at most, similar labor productivity as public firms. © 2004 Published by Elsevier B.V.
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  • Estache, Antonio & Rossi, Martin A., 2005. "Do regulation and ownership drive the efficiency of electricity distribution? Evidence from Latin America," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 86(2), pages 253-257, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:86:y:2005:i:2:p:253-257
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