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Evaluation of alternative institutional arrangements in public utilities

Evaluation of alternative institutional arrangements in public utilities

Journal of Institutional studies, , Vol. 7 (no. 2),

Since early 2000s a policy of attracting private operators to public utilities, which should help to increase productivity, reduce costs, and as a result, reduce utility prices takes place in Russia. The aim of the study is to identify the relationship between institutional arrangements and pricing for water and wastewater services. Applying statistical and cluster analysis to empirical data on water utilities in 13 largest cities has revealed the differences in the level and dynamics of prices for water and wastewater services in the group of public utilities and public private water utilities. In 2011-2014 the level and growth price rates in the group of public private partnerships were higher than in group of municipal water utilities. Thus, the involvement of private operators has not yet lead to the expected reduction in prices.


Keywords: public utilities; public private partnerships; water utilities; pricing for water and wastewater services; institutional arrangements; economic efficiency

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