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Where do we stand on transport infrastructure deregulation and public-private partnership?

  • Estache, Antonio
  • Serebrisky, Tomas

The evolution of transport public-private partnerships (PPPs) in developing and developed countries since the early 1990s seems to be following a similar path: private initiatives work for a while but after a shock to the sector takes place the public sector returns as regulator, owner or financier; after a while the public sector runs into problems and eventually finds a hybrid solution to ensure the survival of the sector. This paper reviews the effectiveness of transport infrastructure deregulation from three angles: efficiency, fiscal and users'viewpoint. The paper emphasizes the difficulties and strong political commitments required to make the reforms sustainable and argues that governments willing to make corrections to the reform path are faced with the need to address recurrent and emerging issues in transport systems: tariff structure, quality (timetable, safety, environment), access rules for captive shippers, the trend toward rebundling and decrease in intrasectoral competition, multimodalism and the stimulus through yardstick competition.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 3356.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2004
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:3356
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  1. Antonio Estache & Ginés de Rus, 2000. "Privatization and Regulation of Transport Infrastructures: Guidelines for Policymakers and Regulators," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/44116, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Antonio Estache & Juan Manuel Campos & Lourdes Trujillo, 2003. "Processes and accounting matter for regulators: Learning from Argentina's railways privatization," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/44151, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  3. Antonio Estache & Tim Coelli & Sergio Perelman & Lourdes Trujillo, 2003. "A Primer on Efficiency Measurement for Utilities and Transport Regulators," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/44106, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  4. Trujillo, Lourdes & Quinet, Emile & Estache, Antonio, 2002. "Dealing with demand forecasting games in transport privatization," Transport Policy, Elsevier, vol. 9(4), pages 325-334, October.
  5. Lourdes Trujillo & Tomás Serebrisky, 2003. "Market Power : Ports - A Case Study of Post-Privatization Mergers," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11302, The World Bank.
  6. Tomás Serebrisky, 2003. "Market Power : Airports - Vertical Integration between Airports and Airlines," World Bank Other Operational Studies 11304, The World Bank.
  7. Antonio Estache & Marianela Gonzalez & Lourdes Trujillo, 2002. "What Does Privatization Do for Efficiency? Evidence from Argentina's and Brazil's Railways," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/43980, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  8. Antonio Estache & Juan Manuel Campos & Nadine Martin & Lourdes Trujillo, 2003. "Macroeconomic Effects of Private Sector Participation in Infrastructure," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/44067, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  9. Winston, Clifford, 1993. "Economic Deregulation: Days of Reckoning for Microeconomists," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 31(3), pages 1263-89, September.
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