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Public sector pricing policies: a review of Bank policy and practice

DeAnne Julius and Adelaida P. Alicbusan

No 49, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: Nearly a decade has passed since the Bank codified its position on cost recovery policies (OMS 2.25) for public sector projects. In a review of 13 sectors, the authors find that the Bank guidelines are followed fairly closely in seven sectors: coal, irrigation, oil/gas, power, roads, telecommunications, and water/sewerage. In the other six sectors the focus is heavily on either distributional (health, education, housing) or financial (fertilizer, ports, railways) concerns - with little attempt to incorporate economic pricing principles. Efficiency pricing is not irrelevant or impossible in these sectors, and - even if used only as a benchmark - could improve sector management and project selection and design.

Keywords: Environmental Economics&Policies; Economic Theory&Research; Health Monitoring&Evaluation; Public Sector Economics&Finance; Banks&Banking Reform (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1989-04-30
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