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


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Jamasb, Tooraj 
Newbery, David 
Pollitt, Michael G. 


Since the early 1990s, substantial resources and effort have been spent on implementing market-oriented electricity reform in developing countries. Important sectoral, economic, and social dimensions are involved in electricity reform, but empirical analysis and evaluation have been of limited use for testing the economic rationale of reform and policy advice. This may partly be attributed to a lack of generally accepted and measured indicators for monitoring progress, impact and performance, unlike areas such as health, education, environment, sustainable development. In this paper we propose a set of indicators as a first step towards filling this gap and developing a coherent framework for studying electricity reform in developing countries covering resource and institutional endowments, key reform steps, market structure, performance, and various impacts.



Electricity, Reform, developing countries

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Faculty of Economics

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The World Bank Electricity Research Programme and the CMI Electricity Project (IR-45)