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Why Is Reducing Energy Subsidies a Prudent, Fair, and Transformative Policy for Indonesia?

Ndiame Diop ()
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World Bank - Economic Premise, 2014, issue 140, 1-6

Abstract: If there was one bold and timely policy to transform Indonesia, this is it. In 2012, spending on energy subsidies claimed more than one-fifth of the central government’s budget, that is, more than three times the allocation for infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity and irrigation networks, and three times the governmentwide spending on health. In addition to crowding out high-priority spending, subsidies disproportionately benefit households at the top of the income distribution and throw sand on Indonesia’s remarkable record of prudent macroeconomic management. Not to mention how subsidies create disincentives for saving energy, developing alternative energy sources, and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. Given their adverse short- and long-term economic consequences, reducing them—with the appropriate safeguards to protect the poor—is a fair, prudent, and transformative policy

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Date: 2014
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