A quarter century effort yet to come of age: a survey of electricity sector reform in developing countries

Jamasb, Tooraj, Nepal, Rabindra and Timilsina, Govinda (2017) A quarter century effort yet to come of age: a survey of electricity sector reform in developing countries. Energy Journal, 38 3: 195-234. doi:10.5547/01956574.38.3.tjam

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Author Jamasb, Tooraj
Nepal, Rabindra
Timilsina, Govinda
Title A quarter century effort yet to come of age: a survey of electricity sector reform in developing countries
Journal name Energy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0195-6574
1944-9089
Publication date 2017-04-17
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.5547/01956574.38.3.tjam
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 3
Start page 195
End page 234
Total pages 40
Place of publication Cleveland, OH, United States
Publisher International Association for Energy Economics
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Abstract More than two decades have passed since the start of the worldwide market-oriented electricity sector reforms. The reforms have varied in terms of structure, market mechanisms, and regulation. However, the passage of time calls for taking stock of the performance of the reforms in developing countries. This paper surveys the empirical literature on electricity sector reforms and draws some conclusions with a view to the future. Overall, the reforms have tended to improve the technical efficiency of the sector. The macroeconomic benefits of reforms are less clear and remain difficult to identify. Also, the gains from the reforms have often not trickled down to consumers because of institutional and regulatory weaknesses. In order to achieve lasting benefits, reforms need to adopt measures that align their pursuit of economic efficiency with those of equity and provision of access. Reforms can deliver more economic benefits and alleviate poverty when the poor have access to electricity. New technologies and institutional capacity building can help improve the performance of reforms.
Keyword Energy
Reform
Efficiency
Poverty
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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