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The performance of the urban water and wastewater sectors in Australia

Abbott, Malcolm, Cohen, Bruce and Wang, Wei Chun 2012, The performance of the urban water and wastewater sectors in Australia, Utilities policy, vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 52-63, doi: 10.1016/j.jup.2011.11.003.

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Title The performance of the urban water and wastewater sectors in Australia
Author(s) Abbott, Malcolm
Cohen, Bruce
Wang, Wei ChunORCID iD for Wang, Wei Chun orcid.org/0000-0003-4287-1704
Journal name Utilities policy
Volume number 20
Issue number 1
Start page 52
End page 63
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2012-03
ISSN 0957-1787
Keyword(s) technical efficiency
scale efficiency
data envelopment analysis
total factor productivity
technological change
water and wastewater
Science & Technology
Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Energy & Fuels
Environmental Sciences
Environmental Studies
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
EFFICIENCY
OWNERSHIP
UTILITIES
SERVICES
Summary Substantial structural reform has occurred in the water and wastewater sectors of Australia's major urban centers over the past two decades. This reform has involved the corporatization of government assets and some vertical and horizontal separation. This paper analyses the performance of these sectors since the mid 1990s. In particular, it uses Malmquist Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) to determine the different levels of productivity and efficiency improvement over this period. The results point to modest, but positive productivity gains in the larger urban centers, independent of industry structure. Further, it highlights the need to consider exogenous factors that can influence productivity outcomes in an industry generally associated with monopoly characteristics and dependent on water sources that are, to varying extents, unpredictable and uncontrollable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.jup.2011.11.003
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30085217

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