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Why is Regulation Insufficient? Social Policies and Private Sector Participation in Water Supply (Draft)



This article introduces a collection of papers that investigate the impact of the private sector participation (PSP) on the poor in terms of access and affordability to water supply. PSP in the water sector started in the early 1990s. Since then, very few empirical studies have been undertaken to investigate the impact of such policies. The papers aim to present the current issues in the water supply. In order to do so, the authors use household survey data and employ econometrical models. They then analyse the effects that privatisation had on the welfare of the poor. The results of six country studies are presented in this paper.

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