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Infrastructure policy : basic design options

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The paper lays out basic design options for infrastructure policy. It first sketches mechanisms to asses demand. Then it sets out a hierarchy of issues starting with choice of market structure followed by conduct regulation. Ownership options are largely a function of market structure choices. The implications for finance -- the topic of much day-to-day discussion in infrastructure policy-making -- follow from these various prior choices. The discussion naturally circumscribes the role for so-called public-private partnerships -- their uses and pitfalls. Annexes provide checklists for choices of market structure and for diagnosing and benchmarking policies.

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  • Klein, Michael, 2012. "Infrastructure policy : basic design options," Policy Research Working Paper Series 6274, The World Bank.
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    Markets and Market Access; Economic Theory&Research; Emerging Markets; Infrastructure Economics; Debt Markets;

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    • L9 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities

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