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Energy issues in the developing world

Mohan Munasinghe and Robert J. Saunders

No 106, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: In 1986 and 1987 the lower oil prices called into question many of the fundamental assumptions that were the stock in trade of energy experts during the previous ten years. This document is a collection of papers representing responses to concerns prepared by current and former World Bank staff. Although these papers raise a variety of different concerns, a common theme that runs throughout the paper is the need to continue the pursuit of efficiency goals in the energy sector. The developing world still needs large amounts of capital to meet its ever-expanding energy requirements. These capital requirements will be a significant part of most countries'total investment plan. Given the problems of debt and public revenues, the report concludes that the pursuit of efficiency is just as important under lower fuel prices as it is under rising fuel prices.

Keywords: Power&Energy Conversion; Urban Environment; Environmental Economics&Policies; Energy Demand; Energy and Environment (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1989-01-31
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