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Residential electricity subsidies in Mexico : exploring options for reform and for enhancing the impact on the poor (English)

This report addresses a pressing issue in Mexico's electricity sector the large and growing subsidies to residential consumers and their regressive incidence across different segments of the population. ... See More +

Energy-Environment Review 47107 FEB 04, 2009

Komives, Kristin ; Johnson, Todd M. ; Halpern, Jonathan D. ; Luis, Jose Aburto ; Scott, John R. Disclosed

Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water and sanitation sector (English)

Governments typically provide the water and sanitation sector with substantial amounts of public money. Monopoly power, public funds, and discretionary decisions, coupled with poor accountability, breed corruption. ... See More +

Brief 47315 JAN 01, 2009

Halpern, Jonathan ; Kenny, Charles ; Dickson, Eric ; Erhardt, David ; Oliver, Chloe Disclosed

Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water supply and sanitation sector : a sourcebook (English)

This sourcebook is part of a broader program of work on governance and corruption in the water supply and sanitation sector. The Sourcebook is meant as a resource to assist water and sanitation sector practitioners to assess the extent and risks of corruption in the sector and to improve governance in ways that reduce corruption. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 46829 DEC 01, 2008

Halpern, Jonathan; Kenny, Charles; Dickson, Eric; Ehrhardt, David; Oliver, Chloe Disclosed

Deterring corruption and improving governance in the electricity sector : a sourcebook (English)

This sourcebook is part of a broader program on governance and corruption in the electricity sector. The sourcebook is meant as a resource to sector practitioners to assess the extent and risks of corruption in the sector and to improve governance in ways that reduce corruption. ... See More +

Working Paper 46708 NOV 01, 2008

Halpern, Jonathan; Kenny, Charles; Dickson, Eric Disclosed

Water, electricity, and the poor : who benefits from utility subsidies? (English)

Utility subsidies to consumers of water and electricity services are often justified as a mechanism for making services affordable for the poor. ... See More +

Brief 46472 OCT 01, 2008

Komives, Kristin; Foster, Vivien; Halpern, Jonathan; Wodon, Quentin; Abdullah, Roohi Disclosed

Economic regulation of urban water and sanitation services (English)

The design of regulation for water supply and sanitation (WSS) services has tended to follow a check-box approach - diagnose the need, prescribe an independent regulator or similar model (often developed in a different sector or country), and hope for the best. ... See More +

Brief 44726 JUN 01, 2008

Ehrhardt, David ; Groom, Eric ; Halpern, Jonathan ; O'Connor, Seini Disclosed

Economic regulation of urban water and sanitation services : some practical lessons (English)

This paper discusses the regulation of water and sanitation services in urban areas. Specifically, it explores ways of thinking about regulatory design as part of a wider, country-specific program to reform the way in which water supply and sanitation services are provided and paid for. ... See More +

Water & Sanitation Discussion Paper 39911 APR 01, 2007

Ehrhardt, David; Groom, Eric; Halpern, Jonathan; O'Connor, Seini Disclosed

Explanatory notes on key topics in the regulation of water and sanitation services (English)

The Explanatory Notes on Key Topics in the Regulation of Water and Sanitation Services provide a consistent set of principles and practices that respond to these questions. ... See More +

Water & Sanitation Discussion Paper 37529 JUN 01, 2006

Groom, Eric; Halpern, Jonathan; Ehrhardt, David Disclosed

Regulation of water and sanitation services : getting better service to poor people (English)

This paper aims to provide practical guidance on how to evaluate regulatory arrangements and adapt them to be more conducive to expanding access and improving service to poor customers. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 37362 JUN 01, 2006

Tremolet, Sophie; Halpern, Jonathan Disclosed

The distributional incidence of residential water and electricity subsidies (English)

Subsidies to residential utility customers are popular among policymakers, utility managers, and utility customers alike, but they are nonetheless the subject of much controversy. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS3878 APR 01, 2006

Komives, Kristin; Halpern, Jonathan; Foster, Vivien; Wodon, Quentin; Abdullah, Roohi Disclosed

Lessons learned in infrastructure services provision : reaching the poor (English)

A key measure of the effectiveness of public spending on infrastructure is the extent to which it benefits poor people. In recent years policymakers and development practitioners have increasingly sought to understand why earlier approaches to infrastructure development often bypassed the poor or proved unsustainable. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 36652 APR 01, 2006

Halpern, Jonathan; Mumssen, Yogita Disclosed

Water, electricity, and the poor : who benefits from utility subsidies? : Agua, electricidad y pobreza : quien se beneficia de los subsidios a los servicios publicos (Spanish)

While consumer utility subsidies are widespread in both the water and electricity sectors, their effectiveness in reaching and distributing resources to the poor is the subject of much debate. ... See More +

Publication 34334 JAN 01, 2006

Komives, Kristin; Foster, Vivien; Halpern, Jonathan; Wodon, Quentin; Abdullah, Roohi English Disclosed

Water, electricity, and the poor : who benefits from utility subsidies? (English)

While consumer utility subsidies are widespread in both the water and electricity sectors, their effectiveness in reaching and distributing resources to the poor is the subject of much debate. ... See More +

Publication 34334 OCT 25, 2005

Komives, Kristin; Foster, Vivien; Halpern, Jonathan; Wodon, Quentin; Abdullah, Roohi Spanish Disclosed

Designing natural gas distribution concessions in a megacity: tradeoffs beetween scale economies and information disclosure in Mexico City (English)

In 1995 the Mexican government initiated structural reform of the natural gas sector-reform that permitted private investment in transportation, storage, distribution, trade and marketing while maintaining a State monopoly in production. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2538 JAN 01, 2004

Rosellon, Juan; Halpern, Jonathan

Integrating independent power producers into emerging wholesale power markets (English)

Many developing and industrial countries have sought to open their electricity industries to competition. In both contexts, policymakers and investors have to deal with the consequences of earlier, more partial sector liberalization measures. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2703 NOV 30, 2001

Woolf, Fiona; Halpern, Jonathan

Subsidies and sustainable rural energy services : can we create incentives without distorting markets? (English)

The study looks at the gaps between populations with access to electricity, vs. those who rely on biomass energy; similarly, at those who can access petroleum products, and those who don't, and, examines the often irregular supply of fuels, and the policies on their use, ranging from taxation to subsidies in various countries. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 21993 DEC 31, 2000

Barnes, Douglas F.; Halpern, Jonathan

Pricing, subsidies, and the poor : demand for improved water services in Central America (English)

Reformulating tariff and subsidy policies is central to improving water and sanitation services in developing countries. The traditional model of state enterprise service provision, coupled with residential tariffs set well below the cost of service, has generally delivered unsatisfactory results. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2468 NOV 30, 2000

Walker, Ian; Ordonez, Fidel; Serrano, Pedro; Halpern, Jonathan

Designing direct subsidies for the poor : a water and sanitation case study (English)

Direct subsidies are an increasingly popular means of making infrastructure services more affordable to the poor. Under the direct subsidy approach, governments pay part of the water bill of poor households that meet certain criteria. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21467 JUN 30, 2000

Foster, Vivien; Gomez-Lobos, Andres; Halpern, Jonathan

Better household surveys for better design of infrastructure subsidies (English)

Reform of the water, electricity, and telecommunications sectors is gathering momentum in nearly all developing countries. Reform should include an assessment of whether subsidies are necessary and if so, how to design subsidies that reach their intended beneficiaries accurately and do not distort the market. ... See More +

Viewpoint 21468 JUN 30, 2000

Gomez-Lobo, Andres; Foster, Vivien; Halpern, Jonathan

Information and modeling issues in designing water and sanitation subsidy schemes (English)

In designing a rational scheme for subsidizing water services, it is important to support the choice of design parameters with empirical analysis that stimulates the impact of subsidy options on the target population. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS2345 MAY 31, 2000

Gomez-Lobo, Andres; Foster, Vivien; Halpern, Jonathan

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Residential electricity subsidies in Mexico : exploring options for reform and for enhancing the impact on the poor (English)
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FEB 04, 2009 47107 Energy-Environment Review
Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water and sanitation sector (English)
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JAN 01, 2009 47315 Brief
Deterring corruption and improving governance in the urban water supply and sanitation sector : a sourcebook (English)
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DEC 01, 2008 46829 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Deterring corruption and improving governance in the electricity sector : a sourcebook (English)
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NOV 01, 2008 46708 Working Paper
Water, electricity, and the poor : who benefits from utility subsidies? (English)
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OCT 01, 2008 46472 Brief
Economic regulation of urban water and sanitation services (English)
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JUN 01, 2008 44726 Brief
Economic regulation of urban water and sanitation services : some practical lessons (English)
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APR 01, 2007 39911 Water & Sanitation Discussion Paper
Explanatory notes on key topics in the regulation of water and sanitation services (English)
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JUN 01, 2006 37529 Water & Sanitation Discussion Paper
Regulation of water and sanitation services : getting better service to poor people (English)
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JUN 01, 2006 37362 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
The distributional incidence of residential water and electricity subsidies (English)
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APR 01, 2006 WPS3878 Policy Research Working Paper
Lessons learned in infrastructure services provision : reaching the poor (English)
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APR 01, 2006 36652 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Water, electricity, and the poor : who benefits from utility subsidies? : Agua, electricidad y pobreza : quien se beneficia de los subsidios a los servicios publicos (Spanish)
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JAN 01, 2006 34334 Publication English
Water, electricity, and the poor : who benefits from utility subsidies? (English)
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OCT 25, 2005 34334 Publication Spanish
Designing natural gas distribution concessions in a megacity: tradeoffs beetween scale economies and information disclosure in Mexico City (English)
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JAN 01, 2004 WPS2538 Policy Research Working Paper
Integrating independent power producers into emerging wholesale power markets (English)
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NOV 30, 2001 WPS2703 Policy Research Working Paper
Subsidies and sustainable rural energy services : can we create incentives without distorting markets? (English)
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DEC 31, 2000 21993 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Pricing, subsidies, and the poor : demand for improved water services in Central America (English)
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NOV 30, 2000 WPS2468 Policy Research Working Paper
Designing direct subsidies for the poor : a water and sanitation case study (English)
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JUN 30, 2000 21467 Viewpoint
Better household surveys for better design of infrastructure subsidies (English)
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JUN 30, 2000 21468 Viewpoint
Information and modeling issues in designing water and sanitation subsidy schemes (English)
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MAY 31, 2000 WPS2345 Policy Research Working Paper