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Utility Privatization and Regulation

A Fair Deal for Consumers?

Latin American countries have now privatized a large number of their utility industries and make more use of market approaches to delivery through networks. Privatization has major consequences for efficiency, long-term growth, consumer welfare and income distribution but insufficient attention has been paid to the direct effect on consumers of regulation and the introduction of competition. This book assesses how reform processes can be improved, particularly in the light of experience in some Latin American and European countries.

Table of contents
  1. Part I: Access, Affordability and Institutions
    Introduction
    Cecilia Ugaz, Catherine Waddams Price
  2. Part I: Access, Affordability and Institutions
    Access by the Poor in Latin America's Utility Reform: Subsidies and Service Obligations
    Omar O. Chisari, Antonio Estache, Catherine Waddams Price
    Working Paper
    | Access by the Poor in Latin America's Utility Reform
  3. Part I: Access, Affordability and Institutions
    Access to Utilities by the Poor: A Global Perspective
    Kristin Komives, Dale Whittington, Xun Wu
    Working Paper
    | Access to Utilities by the Poor
  4. Part I: Access, Affordability and Institutions
    Consumer Participation and Pro-poor Regulation in Latin America
    Cecilia Ugaz
    Working Paper
    | Consumer Participation and Pro-Poor Regulation in Latin America
  5. Part II: Country Case Studies
    UK Utility Reform: Distributional Implications and Government Response
    Catherine Waddams Price, Alison Young
    Working Paper
    | UK Utility Reforms
  6. Part II: Country Case Studies
    The Reform of the Utilities Sector in Spain
    Pablo Arocena
    Working Paper
    | The Reform of the Utilities Sector in Spain
  7. Part II: Country Case Studies
    The Reform of the Utilities Sector in Argentina
    Jose A. Delfino, Ariel A. Casarin
    Working Paper
    | The Reform of the Utilities Sector in Argentina
  8. Part II: Country Case Studies
    Can the Gains from Argentina’s Utilities Reform Offset Credit Shocks?
    Daniel A. Benitez, Omar O. Chisari, Antonio Estache
    Working Paper
    | Can the Gains from Argentina's Utilities Reform Offset Credit Shocks?
  9. Part II: Country Case Studies
    Capitalization, Regulation and the Poor: Access to Basic Services in Bolivia
    Gover Barja, Miguel Urquiola
    Working Paper
    | Capitalization, Regulation and the Poor
  10. Part II: Country Case Studies
    Redistributive Impact of Privatization and Regulation of Utilities in Chile
    Ricardo D. Paredes
    Working Paper
    | Redistributive Impact of Privatization and the Regulation of Utilities in Chile
  11. Part II: Country Case Studies
    The Social Impact of Privatization and the Regulation of Utilities in Peru
    Maximo Torero, Alberto Pascó-Font
    Working Paper
    | The Social Impact of Privatization and the Regulation of Utilities in Peru
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Endorsements

'Whether a casual student of the subject or a specialist on utility privatization and regulation, this book captures the attention of the reader with a structure for each of the 10 chapters that takes one through a succinct yet informative background, thereby setting the tone for understanding the authors’ hypothesis and conclusions, regardless of whether one agrees with them. In summary, this is a timely, well-written book that makes a relatively novel contribution to the aftermath assessment of utility privatization and regulation in some Latin American and European countries.' - Sergio Galina-Hidalgo, The Journal of Energy and Development