In Hot Water? Issues at Stake in the Regulation of French Water Public Services

24 Pages Posted: 18 May 2018

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Simon Porcher

IAE Paris - Sorbonne Business School

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

In France, private firms manage the majority of water services but there is still a large part of water services under direct management. Such a diversity of governance forms allows for efficiency and quality benchmarking between direct and delegated management, and raises questions about the determinants of the choice of the local government to manage or delegate, and to switch from a governance model to the other. This paper reviews the literature on these issues in France. Moreover, the paper identifies several hot issues deserving further research such as scale and scope economics, and the implementation of social tariffs or increasing block tariffs.

Keywords: Water, private sector participation, public services, efficiency, increasing block tariffs

JEL Classification: D82-L33-L95

Suggested Citation

Porcher, Simon, In Hot Water? Issues at Stake in the Regulation of French Water Public Services (May 2018). Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies Research Paper No. RSCAS 2018/24, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3180756 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3180756

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