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Electricity reforms : what some countries did right and others can do better (English)

Since 1982 more than half the world's countries have reformed their electricity sectors. Implemented correctly, the standard reform model, with competition, unbundling, and effective regulation, can lead to big gains in performance. ... See More +

Viewpoint 73638 OCT 01, 2012

Kessides,Ioannis N. Disclosed

Small modular reactors for enhancing energy security in developing countries (English)

In recent years, small modular reactors (SMRs) have been attracting considerable attention around the world. SMR designs incorporate innovative approaches to achieve simplicity, modularity and speed of build, passive safety features, proliferation resistance, and reduced financial risk. ... See More +

Journal Article 102481 AUG 14, 2012

Kessides,Ioannis N.; Kuznetsov,Vladimir Disclosed

Eurasian cities : new realities along the silk road (English)

Eurasian cities, unique in the global spatial landscape, were part of the world's largest experiment in urban development. The challenges they now face because of their history offer valuable lessons to urban planners and policy makers across the world from places that are still urbanizing to those already urbanized. ... See More +

Publication 72804 JUL 09, 2012

Coulibaly, Souleymane; Deichmann, Uwe; Dillinger, William R.; Heroiu, Marcel Ionescu; Kessides, Ioannis N.; Kunaka, Charles; Saslavsky, Daniel Disclosed

Regionalizing infrastructure for deepening market integration: the case of East Africa (English)

The East African Community has long recognized that regional economic integration can yield significant welfare gains to its member states. To that end, the community has been making steady progress towards the removal of tariffs and quantitative restrictions to trade. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6113 JUN 01, 2012

Kessides, Ioannis N.; Benjamin, Nancy C. Disclosed

The future of the Nuclear industry reconsidered : risks, uncertainties, and continued potential (English)

Skeptics point out, with some justification, that the nuclear industry's prospects were dimmed by escalating costs long before Fukushima. If history is any guide, one direct consequence of the calamity in Japan will be more stringent safety requirements and regulatory delays that will inevitably increase the costs of nuclear power and further undermine its economic viability. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6112 JUN 01, 2012

Kessides, Ioannis N. Disclosed

Sunk costs, market contestability, and the size distribution of firms (English)

This paper offers a new economic explanation for the observed inter-industry differences in the size distribution of firms. The empirical estimates--based on three temporal (1982, 1987, and 1992) cross-sections of the four-digit United States manufacturing industries--indicate that increased market contestability, as signified by low sunk costs, tends to reduce the dispersion of firm sizes. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5540 JAN 01, 2011

Kessides, Ioannis N.; Tang, Li Disclosed

Toward a sustainable global energy supply infrastructure : net energy balance and density considerations (English)

This paper complements previous work on the economics of different energy resources by examining the growth potential of alternative electricity supply infrastructures as constrained by innate physical limits. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5539 JAN 01, 2011

Kessides, Ioannis N.; Wade, David C. Disclosed

The World Bank research observer 25 (2) (English)

This issue includes the following : Ideas and innovation in East Asia, by Milan Brahmghatt and Albert Hu. Impact assessments in finance and private sector development : what have we learned and what should we learn? ... See More +

Publication 73277 AUG 01, 2010

Brahmghatt, Milan; Gill, Indermit S.; Goh, Chor-Ching; Hu, Albert; Kessides, Ioannis N.; Lecocq, Franck; McKenzie, David; Nauges, Celine; Shalizi, Zmarak; Whittington, Dale Disclosed

Nuclear power and sustainable energy policy : promises and perils (English)

The challenges and opportunities of nuclear power in meeting the projected large absolute increase in energy demand, especially electricity, throughout the industrialized and developing world, while helping to mitigate the threat of climate change. ... See More +

Journal Article 76807 AUG 01, 2010

Kessides, Ioannis N Disclosed

Toward defining and measuring the affordability of public utility services (English)

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. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4915 APR 01, 2009

Kessides, Ioannis; Miniaci, Raffaele; Scarpa, Carlo; Valbonesi, Paola Disclosed

The pricing dynamics of utilities with underdeveloped networks (English)

This paper uses an analytically tractable intertemporal framework for analyzing the dynamic pricing of a utility with an underdeveloped network (a typical case in most developing countries) facing a competitive fringe, short-run network adjustment costs, theft of service, and the threat of a retaliatory regulatory review that is increasing with the price it charges. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4198 APR 01, 2007

Chisari, Omar O.; Kessides, Ioannis N. Disclosed

Current and forthcoming issues in the South African electricity sector (English)

One of the contentious issues in electricity reform is whether there are significant gains from restructuring systems that are moderately well run. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4197 APR 01, 2007

Kessides, Ioannis N.; Bogetic, Zeljko; Maurer, Luiz Disclosed

The World Bank research observer 20 (1) (English)

This issue includes the following: Democracy, public expenditures, and the poor: understanding political incentives for providing public services by Philip Keefer and Stuti Khemani; Evaluating the impact of conditional cash transfer programs by Laura B. ... See More +

Publication 38879 MAR 21, 2005

Rawlings, Laura B.; Rubio, Gloria M.; Keefer, Philip; Khemani, Stuti; Das, Jishnu; Do, Quy-Toan; Ozler, Berk; Kessides, Ioannis; Baffes, John

Infrastructure privatization and regulation : promises and perils (English)

Infrastructure is crucial for generating growth, alleviating poverty, and increasing international competitiveness. For much of the twentieth century and in most countries, the network utilities that delivered infrastructure services such as electricity, natural gas, telecommunications, railroads, and water supply were vertically and horizontally integrated state monopolies. ... See More +

Journal Article 76747 MAR 01, 2005

Kessides, Ioannis N. Disclosed

Reforming infrastructure - privatization, regulation; and competition (English)

Infrastructure industries and services are crucial for generating economic growth, alleviating poverty, and increasing international competitiveness. ... See More +

Publication 28985 JAN 01, 2004

Kessides, Ioannis N.

Romania - Regulatory and structural assessment in the network utilities (English)

This structural and regulatory review focuses on key infrastructure sectors in Romania. The report has both substantive and procedural aspects. ... See More +

Working Paper 36057 JUN 15, 2000

Kessides, Ioannis N. [editor] Disclosed

Overcoming obstacles to liberalization of the telecom sector in Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Hungary : an overview of key policy concerns and potential initiatives to facilitate the transition process (English)

During the months of May and July 1998, representatives of the World Bank engaged in a round of informal meetings with high-level representatives of government and the telecommunications services industry in Hungary, Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovenia to assess, in cooperation with the European Commission, the status of the liberalization of the telecommunications sector. ... See More +

Publication WTP440 SEP 30, 1999

Bruce, Robert; Kessides, Ioannis; Kneifel, Lothar

Privatization and emerging equity markets (English)

This book examines the links between the emergence of privatization as an important development policy in emerging markets and the rapid growth of equity markets in these same countries. ... See More +

Publication 17729 MAR 31, 1998

Lieberman, Ira W. [editor]; Kirkness, Christopher D. [editor]; Rischard, Jean-Francois; Garrett, William; Fergusson, Robert; Fine, Gary J.; Karlova, Enna; Cabello, Richard; Shiguiyama, David; Rueda, Cristina; Fremond, Olivier; Lubrano, Mike; Urrutia, Luis; Kambhato, Phumchai; Kessides, Ioannis, N.; Gabyzon, Carol

Regulation of the Argentine network utilities : issues and options for the national government (English)

The objectives of this report are to: (i) provide a diagnostic assessment of post-privatization regulation in the telecommunications, electricity, and gas sectors of Argentina; (ii) identify the major regulatory issues that need to be addressed in the medium term by the Argentine regulatory agencies and propose strategies for addressing these issues; and (iii) synthesize the emerging international experience in the regulation of network utilities that are subject to increasing competition and determine its applicability to the unique circumstances of the Argentine sectors. ... See More +

Departmental Working Paper 17409 JUN 30, 1997

Kessides, Ioannis

Restructuring regulation of the railroad industry (English)

Throughout the world, the rail industry has been one of the most heavily regulated sectors. The public utility paradigm of government regulation has failed to handle the central regulatory problem - the mixture of competive and monopoly elements in supply - and is now being blamed for the poor financial condition of the railroads, for the deterioration of rail plant, for the lack of innovation, and for the mediocre quality of rail services. ... See More +

Viewpoint 16918 OCT 31, 1995

Kessides,Ioannis N.; Willig,Robert D. Disclosed

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Electricity reforms : what some countries did right and others can do better (English)
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Small modular reactors for enhancing energy security in developing countries (English)
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Eurasian cities : new realities along the silk road (English)
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Regionalizing infrastructure for deepening market integration: the case of East Africa (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6113 Policy Research Working Paper
The future of the Nuclear industry reconsidered : risks, uncertainties, and continued potential (English)
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JUN 01, 2012 WPS6112 Policy Research Working Paper
Sunk costs, market contestability, and the size distribution of firms (English)
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JAN 01, 2011 WPS5540 Policy Research Working Paper
Toward a sustainable global energy supply infrastructure : net energy balance and density considerations (English)
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JAN 01, 2011 WPS5539 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank research observer 25 (2) (English)
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AUG 01, 2010 73277 Publication
Nuclear power and sustainable energy policy : promises and perils (English)
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AUG 01, 2010 76807 Journal Article
Toward defining and measuring the affordability of public utility services (English)
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APR 01, 2009 WPS4915 Policy Research Working Paper
The pricing dynamics of utilities with underdeveloped networks (English)
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APR 01, 2007 WPS4198 Policy Research Working Paper
Current and forthcoming issues in the South African electricity sector (English)
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APR 01, 2007 WPS4197 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank research observer 20 (1) (English)
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MAR 21, 2005 38879 Publication
Infrastructure privatization and regulation : promises and perils (English)
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MAR 01, 2005 76747 Journal Article
Reforming infrastructure - privatization, regulation; and competition (English)
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JAN 01, 2004 28985 Publication
Romania - Regulatory and structural assessment in the network utilities (English)
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JUN 15, 2000 36057 Working Paper
Overcoming obstacles to liberalization of the telecom sector in Estonia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and Hungary : an overview of key policy concerns and potential initiatives to facilitate the transition process (English)
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SEP 30, 1999 WTP440 Publication
Privatization and emerging equity markets (English)
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MAR 31, 1998 17729 Publication
Regulation of the Argentine network utilities : issues and options for the national government (English)
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JUN 30, 1997 17409 Departmental Working Paper
Restructuring regulation of the railroad industry (English)
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OCT 31, 1995 16918 Viewpoint