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Donor Policies, Industry Structure, and the Global Allocation of Electrification Aid, 1970-2001


  • William J. Hausman

    () (Department of Economics, The College of William and Mary)

  • John L. Neufeld

    () (Department of Economics, University of North Carolina, Greensboro)

  • Till Schreiber

    () (Department of Economics, The College of William and Mary)


Access to electricity is widely recognized as an essential element of economic development. This paper uses a comprehensive dataset on electrification aid projects to quantify and model the determinants of multilateral and bilateral electrification aid in the last three decades of the 20th century. Total annual electrification aid fluctuated substantially over the period. While multilateral and bilateral donors were relatively concentrated, aid recipients were widely dispersed. Our major finding is that electrification aid by the 1990s had moved marginally toward poorer countries, except for those in Africa, and toward countries with better governance structures and ones that had restructured their electric power sector. This likely reflected the liberalization and privatization policies affecting the industry from the mid-1980s on.

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  • William J. Hausman & John L. Neufeld & Till Schreiber, 2010. "Donor Policies, Industry Structure, and the Global Allocation of Electrification Aid, 1970-2001," Working Papers 98, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
  • Handle: RePEc:cwm:wpaper:98

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    bilateral aid; development; electric power; energy; hydroelectric power; multilateral aid; World Bank;

    JEL classification:

    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities
    • N70 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • N80 - Economic History - - Micro-Business History - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • O13 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - Agriculture; Natural Resources; Environment; Other Primary Products

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