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Public Provision of Water
Debaere, Peter Technical Note GEM-0120 / Published February 28, 2014 / 5 pages.
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This note is used in the Darden course elective, "The Economics of Water." In many cities, water, sewage, and electricity utilities are city-owned, not-for-profit institutions. Indeed, a 2011 survey of 330 major cities worldwide published by Global Water Intelligence reveals that almost 85% of the water services of the cities surveyed are publicly managed; public-private partnerships account for 5%, and about 10% are privately run. As this note argues, there is a reason for this institutional setup.

  • Overview

    This note is used in the Darden course elective, "The Economics of Water." In many cities, water, sewage, and electricity utilities are city-owned, not-for-profit institutions. Indeed, a 2011 survey of 330 major cities worldwide published by Global Water Intelligence reveals that almost 85% of the water services of the cities surveyed are publicly managed; public-private partnerships account for 5%, and about 10% are privately run. As this note argues, there is a reason for this institutional setup.

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