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New tools for studying network industry reforms in developing countries : the telecommunications and electricity regulation database (English)

Infrastructure industries-including telecommunications, electricity, water, and gas-underwent massive structural changes in the 1990s. During that decade, hundreds of privatization transactions valued at billions of dollars were completed in these sectors in developing and transition economies. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3286 APR 01, 2004

Wallsten, Scott; Clarke, George; Haggarty, Luke; Kaneshiro, Rosario; Noll, Roger; Shirley, Mary;Xu,L. Colin

Telecommunication reform in Ghana (English)

In 1996 Ghana privatized its incumbent telecommunications firm by selling 30 percent of Ghana Telecom to Telekom Malaysia, licensing a second network operator, and allowing multiple mobile firms to enter the market. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2983 MAR 31, 2003

Haggarty, Luke; Shirley, Mary M.; Wallsten, Scott

Ownership structure and the temptation to loot : evidence from privatized firms in the Czech Republic (English)

Using a new data set on privatized firms in the Czech Republic, the authors examine how the design of privatization affects outcomes. Earlier studies of privatization in the Czech Republic focused largely on how the broad distribution of shares through vouchers may have motivated the new owners to strip assets from the privatized firms. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2568 MAR 31, 2001

Cull, Robert; Matesova, Jana; Shirley, Mary

Public versus private ownership : the current state of the debate (English)

At the heart of the debate about public versus private ownership lie three questions: 1) Does competition matter more than ownership? 2) Are state enterprises more subject to welfare-reducing interventions by government than private firms are? ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2420 AUG 31, 2000

Shirley, Mary; Walsh, Patrick

The Buenos Aires water concession (English)

The signing of a concession contract for the Buenos Aires water and sanitation system in December 1992, attracted worldwide attention, and caused considerable controversy in Argentina. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2311 APR 30, 2000

Alcazar, Lorena; Abdala, Manuel A.; Shirley, Mary M.

Reforming the urban water system in Santiago, Chile (English)

In the late 1980s, Chile planned to privatize Santiago's sanitary works enterprise (EMOS) but instead reformed it under public ownership. It did so through a regulatory framework that mimicked the design of a concession with a private utility, setting tariffs that ensured at least a seven percent return on assets, creating a neutral regulator independent of ministry intervention, and giving EMOS the right to appeal the regulator's tariff decisions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2294 MAR 31, 2000

Shirley, Mary M.; L. Colin Xu; Zuluaga, Ana Maria

Public policy for the private sector (English)

The East Asian financial crisis - fallout for private power projects, by R. David Gray and John Schuster. Contingent liabilities for infrastructure projects - implementing a risk management framework for governments, by Christopher Lewis and Ashoka Mody. ... See More +

Newsletter 21277 SEP 30, 1998

Gray, R. David; Schuster, John; Lewis, Christopher; Mody, Ashoka; Haarmeyer, David; Law, Peter; De Franco, Nelson; O'Leary, Donal; Charpentier, Jean-Pierre; Minogue,Diane; Shirley, Mary; Silva, Gisele; Tynan, Nicola; Yilmaz, Yesim Disclosed

Why performance contracts for state-owned enterprises haven't worked (English)

When privatization is not feasible or palatable, developing country governments seeking to improve the performance of state enterprises are often negotiating performance contracts with their managers. ... See More +

Viewpoint 18441 AUG 31, 1998

Shirley,Mary M. Disclosed

The empirical effects of performance contracts: evidence from China (English)

Performance contracts are widely used to reform state-owned enterprises. By June 1994, there were 565 such contracts in 32 developing countries, used prinicipally to reform large utilities and other monopolies, and roughly another 103,000 in China, where they are also used to reform state manufacturing enterprises. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS1919 MAY 31, 1998

Shirley, Mary; Xu,L. Colin

The World Bank economic review 11(3) (English)

Rationing can backfire: the "day without a car" in Mexico City. Prices and protocols in public health care. Formal and informal regulation of industrial pollution: comparative evidence from Indonesia and the United States. ... See More +

Publication 17657 SEP 30, 1997

Eskeland, Gunnar S.; Feyzioglu, Tarhan; Hammer, Jeffrey S.; Pargal, Sheoli; Hettige, Hemamala; Singh, Manjula; Wheeler, David; Taylor, Mark P.; Sarno, Lucio; Hoekman, Bernard; Djankow, Simeon; Haggarty, Luke; Shirley, Mary M.

New data base on state - owned enterprises (English)

Privatization of state-owned assets was a central economic reform of the 1980s and 1990s. Lack of data has made it impossible to judge the extent to which privatization has diminished the importance of state ownership in the economy or changed the performance of state-owned enterprises. ... See More +

Journal Article 77254 SEP 01, 1997

Haggarty, Luke; Shirley, Mary M Disclosed

Information, incentives, and commitment : an empirical analysis of contracts between government and state enterprises (English)

The authors analyze experience with written performance contracts between developing country governments and the managers of their state-owned enterprises. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS1769 MAY 31, 1997

Shirley, Mary M.; L. Colin Xu

Bureaucrats in business : the economics and politics of government ownership (English)

This note presents the key findings from "Bureaucrats in Business: The Economics and Politics of Government Ownership" (World Bank 1995), on the reform of state enterprises. ... See More +

Brief 17844 MAR 31, 1996

Shirley, Mary

Privatization : lessons from market economies (English)

In the past decade governments all over the world have begun privatizing state enterprises - indeed, it is becoming quite hard to find a country without a program of privatization under way or at least on the policy agenda. ... See More +

Journal Article 13465 JUL 31, 1994

Kikeri, Sunita; Nellis, John; Shirley, Mary

The World Bank research observer 9 (2) (English)

Evaluating social policies: principles and U.S. experience. Using randomized control designs in evaluating social sector programs in developing countries. ... See More +

Publication 17525 JUL 31, 1994

Grossman, Jean Baldwin; Newman, John; Rawlings, Laura; Gertler, Paul; Ainsworth, Martha; Over, Mead; Kikeri, Sunita; Nellis, John; Shirley, Mary; Lutz, Ernst; Pagiola, Stefano; Reiche, Carlos

Privatization : the lessons of experience (English)

This book reviews experiences with state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and their privatization in developing and industrial countries and extracts salient themes and lessons for the successful design and implementation of such reform. ... See More +

Publication 11104 AUG 31, 1992

Kikeri, Sunita; Nellis, John; Shirley, Mary

Public enterprise reform : the lessons of experience : La reforma de empresas publicas : las lecciones que ensena la experiencia (Spanish)

This book tries to systematize the lessons learned in the past two decades of public enterprise reform to correct the perceived deficiencies of state-enterprise sectors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. ... See More +

Working Paper 9800 APR 01, 1992

Shirley, Mary; Nellis, John English, French Disclosed

Public enterprise reform : the lessons of experience : Reforme des enterprises publiques : les lecons de l'experience (French)

This book tries to systematize the lessons learned in the past two decades of public enterprise reform to correct the perceived deficiencies of state-enterprise sectors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. ... See More +

Working Paper 9800 APR 01, 1992

Shirley, Mary; Nellis, John English, Spanish Disclosed

Public enterprise reform : the lessons of experience (English)

This book tries to systematize the lessons learned in the past two decades of public enterprise reform to correct the perceived deficiencies of state-enterprise sectors in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. ... See More +

Working Paper 9800 JUN 30, 1991

Shirley, Mary; Nellis, John French, Spanish

Improving public enterprise performance : lessons from South Korea (English)

In 1983 Korea dramatically changed the way it managed the largest and most important group of its public enterprises, or GIEs. The reforms increased enterprise autonomy, changed managerial selection procedures, and began systematically to evaluate performance and provide incentives on the basis of the evaluation. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS312 OCT 31, 1989

Shirley, Mary M.

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New tools for studying network industry reforms in developing countries : the telecommunications and electricity regulation database (English)
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APR 01, 2004 WPS3286 Policy Research Working Paper
Telecommunication reform in Ghana (English)
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MAR 31, 2003 WPS2983 Policy Research Working Paper
Ownership structure and the temptation to loot : evidence from privatized firms in the Czech Republic (English)
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MAR 31, 2001 WPS2568 Policy Research Working Paper
Public versus private ownership : the current state of the debate (English)
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AUG 31, 2000 WPS2420 Policy Research Working Paper
The Buenos Aires water concession (English)
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APR 30, 2000 WPS2311 Policy Research Working Paper
Reforming the urban water system in Santiago, Chile (English)
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MAR 31, 2000 WPS2294 Policy Research Working Paper
Public policy for the private sector (English)
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SEP 30, 1998 21277 Newsletter
Why performance contracts for state-owned enterprises haven't worked (English)
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AUG 31, 1998 18441 Viewpoint
The empirical effects of performance contracts: evidence from China (English)
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MAY 31, 1998 WPS1919 Policy Research Working Paper
The World Bank economic review 11(3) (English)
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SEP 30, 1997 17657 Publication
New data base on state - owned enterprises (English)
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SEP 01, 1997 77254 Journal Article
Information, incentives, and commitment : an empirical analysis of contracts between government and state enterprises (English)
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MAY 31, 1997 WPS1769 Policy Research Working Paper
Bureaucrats in business : the economics and politics of government ownership (English)
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MAR 31, 1996 17844 Brief
Privatization : lessons from market economies (English)
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JUL 31, 1994 13465 Journal Article
The World Bank research observer 9 (2) (English)
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JUL 31, 1994 17525 Publication
Privatization : the lessons of experience (English)
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AUG 31, 1992 11104 Publication
Public enterprise reform : the lessons of experience : La reforma de empresas publicas : las lecciones que ensena la experiencia (Spanish)
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APR 01, 1992 9800 Working Paper English, French
Public enterprise reform : the lessons of experience : Reforme des enterprises publiques : les lecons de l'experience (French)
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APR 01, 1992 9800 Working Paper English, Spanish
Public enterprise reform : the lessons of experience (English)
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JUN 30, 1991 9800 Working Paper French, Spanish
Improving public enterprise performance : lessons from South Korea (English)
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OCT 31, 1989 WPS312 Policy Research Working Paper