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The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in the Philippines: Lessons from a White Elephant Project

ASOG WORKING PAPER 16-001

29 Pages Posted: 6 Sep 2016 Last revised: 9 Sep 2016

Ronald U. Mendoza

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Yla Gloria Marie P. Paras

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Donald Jay Bertulfo

University of the Philippines

Date Written: September 2, 2016

Abstract

In public policy literature, white elephant projects are described as large-scale investment ventures which do not only crowd-out funds from smaller-scale investment opportunities, but also lead to negative social returns. This case study briefly sketches recent literature and information on white elephant projects and then proceeds to examine the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) in the Philippines, considered an example of a white elephant project. This particular megaproject had implications on the Philippines' fiscal standing and energy security, offering lessons for future projects of this size and significance.

Keywords: Nuclear power, white elephant, BNPP

JEL Classification: H4, O2

Suggested Citation

Mendoza, Ronald U. and Paras, Yla Gloria Marie P. and Bertulfo, Donald Jay, The Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in the Philippines: Lessons from a White Elephant Project (September 2, 2016). ASOG WORKING PAPER 16-001. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2833766

Ronald Mendoza (Contact Author)

Ateneo De Manila University - Ateneo School of Government ( email )

Katipunan Road
Loyola Heights
Quezon City, 1108
Philippines

Yla Gloria Paras

Ateneo de Manila University - Ateneo School of Government

Pacifico Ortiz Hall, Fr. Arrupe Road
Social Development Complex, Loyola Heights
Quezon City, Manila 1108
Philippines

Donald Bertulfo

University of the Philippines

Philippines

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