Impacts of Ownership and Multiplicity on Infrastructure Performance

by Frannie Humplick, The World Bank, Washington, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


There are a variety of provision arrangements for infrastructure services such as electricity, telecommunications, road networks, rail transport services, and water supply. Existing arrangements vary in terms of the structure of ownership (public or private) the number of entities involved in service production (monopoly or multiplicity), and the structure of service provision (regionally separate entities that are vertically integrated or enterprises separated by function). There is no consensus yet as to the best possible provision regime. Due to recent trends towards privatization and decentralization, there is a need to evaluate the relative efficiency of alternative arrangements, This paper presents an analytic approach and results of an empirical investigation of the impact of alternative provision a cross-sectional data base including performance indicators from the power, telecommunications, roads, rail, and water supply sectors. Comparative measures of performance profiles under a variety of provision regimes are constructed and tested. These measures are used to suggest efficient solutions for service provision.

Subject Headings: Rail transportation | Water supply systems | Water supply | Infrastructure | Hydro power | Comparative studies | Water conservation

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