Core Indicators for Determinants and Performance of the Electricity Sector in Developing Countries

36 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2005

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Tooraj Jamasb

Heriot-Watt University - Economics

David M. G. Newbery

University of Cambridge - Department of Applied Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Michael G. Pollitt

University of Cambridge - Judge Business School

Date Written: May 2005

Abstract

Since the early 1990s, substantial resources and efforts have been spent on implementing market-oriented electricity reforms in developing countries. While there are important sectoral, economic, and social dimensions involved in electricity reform, empirical analysis and evaluation of reforms have been of limited use for testing the economic rationale of reforms and policy advice. This may partly be attributed to a lack of generally accepted and measured indicators for monitoring the progress, impacts, and performance of reforms. In this paper we propose a set of indicators as a first step toward filling this gap and developing a coherent framework for studying electricity reform in developing countries that covers resource and institutional endowments, key reform steps, market structure, performance, and various impacts.

Keywords: Electricity, reform, developing countries

JEL Classification: L52, L94, Q48

Suggested Citation

Jamasb, Tooraj and Newbery, David M. G. and Pollitt, Michael G., Core Indicators for Determinants and Performance of the Electricity Sector in Developing Countries (May 2005). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper No. 3599. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=749404

Tooraj Jamasb (Contact Author)

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