Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52232
Authors: 
Lehmann, Paul
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
UFZ-Diskussionspapiere 10/2011
Abstract: 
An important criterion for the design of urban water prices is the affordability of water supply for poor customers. This paper presents a typology of water pricing options which policy-makers have at their disposal in order to address affordability. A review of theoretical insights and empirical experiences reveals, however, how the real-world performance of these options depends on the characteristics of their technological and socio-economic environment. Moreover, possible trade-offs between affordability and other criteria, including efficiency, financial sustainability and administrative simplicity, are pointed out. Thereby, the paper is meant to assist policy-makers in identifying water pricing options which are appropriate for their context.
Subjects: 
administrative simplicity
affordability
efficiency
financial sustainability
typology
water pricing
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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