Toward Defining and Measuring the Affordability of Public Utility Services

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Ioannis Kessides

World Bank

Raffaele Miniaci

University of Brescia - Department of Economics and Management

Carlo Scarpa

University of Brescia; NERA Economic Consulting

Paola Valbonesi

University of Padua - Department of Economics and Management, DSEA

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

This paper reviews the progress made in the literature toward defining and measuring the affordability of utilities. It highlights the relative merits of alternate affordability metrics; the practical challenges to their operationalization, including the underlying data requirements; and their implications for the design, evaluation, and implementation of appropriate affordability programs.

Keywords: Access to Finance, Economic Theory & Research, Town Water Supply and Sanitation, Public Sector Economics & Finance, Rural Poverty Reduction

Suggested Citation

Kessides, Ioannis N. and Miniaci, Raffaele and Scarpa, Carlo and Valbonesi, Paola, Toward Defining and Measuring the Affordability of Public Utility Services (April 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401220

Ioannis N. Kessides (Contact Author)

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Raffaele Miniaci

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Carlo Scarpa

University of Brescia ( email )

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