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Toward defining and measuring the affordability of public utility services
Author:Kessides, Ioannis; Miniaci, Raffaele; Scarpa, Carlo; Valbonesi, Paola; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4915
Country:World; Date Stored:2009/04/28
Document Date:2009/04/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
SubTopics:Access to Finance; Economic Theory & Research; Town Water Supply and Sanitation; Rural Poverty Reduction; Public Sector EconomicsLanguage:English
Major Sector:Energy and mining; Industry and tradeRel. Proj ID:1W-Research In Industrial Organization -- -- P081965;
Region:The World RegionReport Number:WPS4915
Sub Sectors:Other industry; PowerVolume No:1 of 1

Summary: 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.

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