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Klien, M. “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation”

The paper “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation” (Klein, M.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, 2019). ABSTRACT We analyse […] read more

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Porcher., S. “Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead”

The paper “Public Versus Private Management in Water Public Services: Taking Stock, Looking Ahead” (Porcher., S.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of […] read more

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Esteve Guasch, V.”Capital Structure, Investment, and Regulation: The England and Wales Water Sector”

The paper “Capital Structure, Investment, and Regulation: The England and Wales Water Sector” (Esteve Guasch, V.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation […] read more

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Pakizer, K.*, Lieberherr, E. “Alternative Governance Arrangements for Modular Water Infrastructure: a Systematic Review”

The paper “Alternative Governance Arrangements for Modular Water Infrastructure: a Systematic Review” (Pakizer, K.*, Lieberherr, E. ) will be presented at the 7th Conference on […] read more

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Espinosa Apráez, B.*, Lavrijssen, S. “Exploring regulatory barriers for the use of Data-Driven Innovation in the management of key infrastructures”

The paper “Exploring regulatory barriers for the use of Data-Driven Innovation in the management of key infrastructures” (Espinosa Apráez, B.*, Lavrijssen, S.) will be presented at […] read more

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Molinos-Senante, M.*,Farias, R.”Economic Group´s Influence on the Efficiency and Quality of Service of Water Companies under Model-Firm Regulation”

The paper “Economic Group´s Influence on the Efficiency and Quality of Service of Water Companies under Model-Firm Regulation” (Molinos-Senante, M., Farias, R.) will be presented […] read more

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8.05.2017

Fernet Chabrost, M. “Get what you pay for? The story underneath remunicipalizations in the water sector”

The paper “Get what you pay for? The story underneath remunicipalizations in the water sector” (Fernet Chabrost, M.) will be presented at the 6th Conference […] read more

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8.05.2017

Baudoin, L. “Water in Management Research: An Overview of Thematic and Theoretical Approaches”

The paper “Water in Management Research: An Overview of Thematic and Theoretical Approaches,” (Baudoin, L.) will be presented at the 6th Conference on the Regulation […] read more

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3.06.2016

Factors affecting service quality of water utilities

The paper "Factors affecting service quality of water utilities" (Guerrini, A., Romano, G., Moggi, S., Leardini, C.) will be presented at the 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (24 June 2016). read more

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Klien, M. “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation”

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The paper “Performance consequences of water utility aggregation” (Klein, M.) will be presented at the 8th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures (20-21 June, 2019).

ABSTRACT

We analyse how aggregation affects the performance of water utilities. Using a difference-in-difference design we find little evidence that utility performance was affected by the aggregation. Consolidated utilities also do not seem to outperform non-consolidated utilities in the post-merger years. We discuss factors such as upward wage convergence or the design of aggregations as potential explanations why the aggregations did not improve utility performance.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michael Klien is a researcher at Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO). His research centers on the organisation and performance of public services, ranging from organisational studies to political economy. In addition to several scientific publications in peer-reviewed international journals, Michael has been consulting in a range of related areas (e.g. World Bank, OECD). He has worked extensively in the area of water services with a focus on utility performance, efficiency measurement and utility aggregations.