Governance Matters: Universal Access to Water

21 Pages Posted: 25 Mar 2014

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Andrea Anillo

Universidad del Norte

Frédéric Boehm

Universidad Autónoma del Caribe

José Polo-Otero

University of Barcelona

Date Written: January 10, 2014

Abstract

Universal access to water is acknowledged as a fundamental human right which governments have to secure. To improve access to water, it has been argued that an important factor, if not the most important, is to strengthen water sector governance and reduce corruption. Looking at the relationship between governance indicators and access to water sources and controlling for various factors, our contribution fills a gap in proving empirically, for a cross-country analysis including 147 countries, that governance indeed matters. In particular, we add a nuance to the debate, showing that rural populations are more vulnerable to weak governance.

Keywords: Water, Governance, Universal Service

JEL Classification: O17, L95

Suggested Citation

Anillo, Andrea and Boehm, Frédéric and Polo-Otero, José, Governance Matters: Universal Access to Water (January 10, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2393718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2393718

Andrea Anillo

Universidad del Norte ( email )

Km5 Via Puerto Colombia
Carrera 58 # 82-84 Apt 6B
Barranquilla, Atlantico
Colombia

Frédéric Boehm (Contact Author)

Universidad Autónoma del Caribe ( email )

Street 90
Barranquilla
Colombia

José Polo-Otero

University of Barcelona ( email )

Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 585
Barcelona, 08007
Spain

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