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Can the gains from Argentina's utilities reform offset credit shocks?

Daniel Benitez, Omar Chisari and Antonio Estache

Chapter 8 in Utility Privatization and Regulation, 2003 from Edward Elgar Publishing

Abstract: The authors address the question of infrastructure reforms in a novel way by focusing on the impact which they can have on consumers through the prices paid by different groups and on their access to the networks. They analyse original material from four Latin American countries – Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru – and two European countries – Spain and the UK. Access is especially relevant when considering immature systems which have not yet extended to cover the majority of the population, as is the case in many Latin American countries. The authors also address the widespread impact of privatization on the economy (via macroeconomic influences) and the more general issues of subsidies and regulation which are endemic to these industries. The book focuses on the reform of four sectors: telecommunications, electricity, gas, and water and sanitation.

Keywords: Development Studies; Economics and Finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2003
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