This paper concentrates on utility privatisation. While many of the poor in developing countries do not have access to utility services, we need to examine the relative distributional impact of privatisation to consider whether the policy is likely to relieve or exacerbate the quality of life of those on very low incomes. An examination of the distributional effects of utility privatisation is presented to see if the policy is to have a place in a poverty reduction strategy. It is concluded that the impact of privatisation on poverty can be complex and that privatisation needs to be considered on a case by case basis.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 16, 21 pp.