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Shedding light on electricity utilities in the Middle East and North Africa : insights from a performance diagnostic (English)

The electricity sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is in the grip of an apparent paradox. Although the region continues to hold the world’s largest oil and gas reserves and has been able to maintain electricity access rates of close to hundred percent in most of its economies, it may not be in a position to cater to the future electricity needs of its fast-growing population and their business activities. ... See More +

Publication 121006 NOV 07, 2017

Hamid,Mohamad M.; Camos,Daniel; Estache,Antonio; Bacon,Robert W. Disclosed

Regulating water and sanitation network services accounting for institutional and informational constraints (English)

The main purpose of this paper is to argue that the optimal design of regulation of water and sanitation monopolies should be the outcome of a detailed diagnostic of the institutional constraints impacting the ability of the operator -- whether public or private -- to deliver the services. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8149 JUL 18, 2017

Camos Daurella,Daniel; Estache,Antonio Disclosed

Do private water utility operators care about regulatory agencies in developing countries ? (English)

This paper shows that the creation of an independent regulatory agency is often not a necessary or sufficient condition to help attract private participation in the operation and financing of the water and sanitation sector in developing countries. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS8045 APR 26, 2017

Bertomeu Sanchez,Salvador; Camos Daurella,Daniel; Estache,Antonio Disclosed

Infrastructure and employment creation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (English)

The state of national labor markets has always been a concern for governments and development agencies such as the World Bank. Key labor market indicators, such as the rate of unemployment, send signals about the health of an economy and mirror citizens' attitudes. ... See More +

Publication 74918 JAN 17, 2013

Estache, Antonio; Ianchovichina, Elena; Bacon, Robert; Salamon, Ilhem Disclosed

Job creation through infrastructure investment in the Middle East and North Africa (English)

In the next 10 years or so, the infrastructure sector has the potential to generate significant employment. This paper estimates annual job creation of about 2.0 million in direct jobs and 2.5 million in direct, indirect and induced infrastructure-related jobs just by meeting the infrastructure investment needs of about 6.9 percent of gross domestic product (about US$106 billion) for the Middle East and North Africa region on average. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS6164 AUG 01, 2012

Ianchovichina, Elena; Estache, Antonio; Foucart, Renaud; Garsous, Gregoire; Yepes, Tito Disclosed

Dealing with politics for money and power in infrastructure (English)

Policy recommendations for infrastructure provision usually build on a well-established understanding of best practice for sector governance. Too rarely are they adapted to the country-specific political environment even if this is an area where policy choices are likely to be subject to private agendas in politics. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5455 OCT 01, 2010

Benitez, Daniel; Estache, Antonio; Soreide, Tina Disclosed

The impact of infrastructure spending in Sub-Saharan Africa : a CGE modeling approach (English)

The authors constructed a standard computable general equilibrium (CGE) model to explore the economic impact of increased spending on infrastructure in six African countries: Benin, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS5386 JUL 01, 2010

Perrault, Jean-François; Savard, Luc; Estache, Antonio Disclosed

Current debates on infrastructure policy (English)

This paper provides an overview of the major current debates on infrastructure policy. It reviews the evidence on the macroeconomic significance of the sector in terms of growth and poverty alleviation. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 57748 JAN 01, 2010

Estache, Antonio; Fay, Marianne Disclosed

Procurement in infrastructure : what does theory tell us ? (English)

Infrastructure has particular challenges in public procurement, because it is highly complex and customized and often requires economic, political and social considerations from a long time horizon. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4994 JUL 01, 2009

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi; Ruzzier, Christian Disclosed

Auctions with endogenous participation and quality thresholds : evidence from ODA infrastructure procurement (English)

Infrastructure projects are often technically complicated and highly customized. Therefore, procurement competition tends to be limited. Competition is the single most important factor toward auction efficiency and anti-corruption. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4853 MAR 01, 2009

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi Disclosed

Bidders' entry and auctioneer's rejection : applying a double selection model to road procurement auctions (English)

Limited competition has been a serious concern in infrastructure procurement. Importantly, however, there are normally a number of potential bidders initially showing interest in proposed projects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4855 MAR 01, 2009

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi Disclosed

(UN)Bundling infrastructure procurement : evidence from water supply and sewage projects (English)

Competition in public procurement auctions in the water supply and sanitation sector is largely limited. This is partly because of high technical complexity and partly because of auction design flaws. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4854 MAR 01, 2009

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi Disclosed

Joint bidding in infrastructure procurement (English)

To utilize public resources efficiently, it is required to take full advantage of competition in public procurement auctions. Joint bidding practices are one of the possible ways of facilitating auction competition. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4664 JUL 01, 2008

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi Disclosed

Multidimensionality and renegotiation : evidence from transport-sector public-private-partnership transactions in Latin America (English)

Multidimensional auctions are a natural and practical solution when auctioneers pursue more than one objective in their public-private-partnership transactions. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4665 JUL 01, 2008

Estache, Antonio; Guasch, Jose-Luis; Iimi, Atsushi; Trujillo, Lourdes Disclosed

Who bears the burden of environmental policies within countries? (English)

This report summarize on the burden of environmental policies within countries. Climate change policies will have distributional consequences across and within countries. ... See More +

Brief 45119 JUL 01, 2008

Estache, Antonio; Savard, Luc Disclosed

Procurement efficiency for infrastructure development and financial needs reassessed (English)

Infrastructure is the engine for economic growth. The international donor community has spent about 70-100 billion U.S. dollars on infrastructure development in developing countries every year. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4662 JUL 01, 2008

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi Disclosed

Bidder asymmetry in infrastructure procurement : are there any fringe bidders ? (English)

Asymmetric auctions are among the most rapidly growing areas in the auction literature. The potential benefits from improved auction efficiency are expected to be enormous in public procurement auctions related to official development projects. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4660 JUL 01, 2008

Estache, Antonio; Iimi, Atsushi Disclosed

Regulatory agencies : impact on firm performance and social welfare (English)

The authors explore the relation between the establishment of a regulatory agency and the performance of the electricity sector. The authors exploit a unique dataset comprising firm-level information on a representative sample of 220 electric utilities from 51 development and transition countries for the years 1985 to 2005. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4509 FEB 01, 2008

Estache, Antonio; Rossi, Martin A. Disclosed

Building sector concerns into macroeconomic financial programming : lessons from Senegal and Uganda (English)

Under investment in infrastructure and social sectors during much of the 1990s has ignited a lively debate on "fiscal space"- that is, whether some countries could tolerate a larger public deficit if the additional resources were invested in growth-enhancing sectors. ... See More +

Working Paper (Numbered Series) 44873 DEC 01, 2007

Estache, Antonio; Munoz, Rafael; Disclosed

Public-private partnerships in transport (English)

This paper summarizes the evidence on the evolution of transport PPPs over the last 15 years or so. In the process, it provides a primer on the associated policy issues, including of the central role of project finance in the implementation of PPP policies and the debates on risk allocation in the design of PPPs. ... See More +

Policy Research Working Paper WPS4436 DEC 01, 2007

Estache,Antonio; Juan,Ellis J.; Trujillo Castellano,Lourdes Disclosed

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Shedding light on electricity utilities in the Middle East and North Africa : insights from a performance diagnostic (English)
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NOV 07, 2017 121006 Publication
Regulating water and sanitation network services accounting for institutional and informational constraints (English)
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JUL 18, 2017 WPS8149 Policy Research Working Paper
Do private water utility operators care about regulatory agencies in developing countries ? (English)
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APR 26, 2017 WPS8045 Policy Research Working Paper
Infrastructure and employment creation in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) (English)
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JAN 17, 2013 74918 Publication
Job creation through infrastructure investment in the Middle East and North Africa (English)
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AUG 01, 2012 WPS6164 Policy Research Working Paper
Dealing with politics for money and power in infrastructure (English)
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OCT 01, 2010 WPS5455 Policy Research Working Paper
The impact of infrastructure spending in Sub-Saharan Africa : a CGE modeling approach (English)
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JUL 01, 2010 WPS5386 Policy Research Working Paper
Current debates on infrastructure policy (English)
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JAN 01, 2010 57748 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Procurement in infrastructure : what does theory tell us ? (English)
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JUL 01, 2009 WPS4994 Policy Research Working Paper
Auctions with endogenous participation and quality thresholds : evidence from ODA infrastructure procurement (English)
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MAR 01, 2009 WPS4853 Policy Research Working Paper
Bidders' entry and auctioneer's rejection : applying a double selection model to road procurement auctions (English)
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MAR 01, 2009 WPS4855 Policy Research Working Paper
(UN)Bundling infrastructure procurement : evidence from water supply and sewage projects (English)
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MAR 01, 2009 WPS4854 Policy Research Working Paper
Joint bidding in infrastructure procurement (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 WPS4664 Policy Research Working Paper
Multidimensionality and renegotiation : evidence from transport-sector public-private-partnership transactions in Latin America (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2008 WPS4665 Policy Research Working Paper
Who bears the burden of environmental policies within countries? (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 45119 Brief
Procurement efficiency for infrastructure development and financial needs reassessed (English)
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JUL 01, 2008 WPS4662 Policy Research Working Paper
Bidder asymmetry in infrastructure procurement : are there any fringe bidders ? (English)
See More +
JUL 01, 2008 WPS4660 Policy Research Working Paper
Regulatory agencies : impact on firm performance and social welfare (English)
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FEB 01, 2008 WPS4509 Policy Research Working Paper
Building sector concerns into macroeconomic financial programming : lessons from Senegal and Uganda (English)
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DEC 01, 2007 44873 Working Paper (Numbered Series)
Public-private partnerships in transport (English)
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DEC 01, 2007 WPS4436 Policy Research Working Paper