Energy Subsidy Reform in Sub-Saharan Africa : Experiences and Lessons

Author/Editor: Trevor Serge Coleridge Alleyne ; Mumtaz Hussain
Publication Date: August 12, 2013
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Summary: The reform of energy subsidies is an important but challenging issue for sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. There is a relatively large theoretical and empirical literature on this issue. While this paper relies on that literature, too, it tailors its discussion to SSA countries to respond to the following questions: Why it is important to reduce energy subsidies? What are the difficulties involved in energy subsidy reform? How best can a subsidy reform be implemented? This paper uses various sources of information on SSA countries: quantitative assessments, surveys, and individual (but standardized) case studies.
Series: African Departmental Paper No. 13/2
Subject(s): Cross country analysis | Electric power | Energy sector | Energy taxes | Oil prices | Fiscal reforms | Gasoline prices | Sub-Saharan Africa | Subsidies

Notes Also available in French
Publication Date: August 12, 2013
ISBN/ISSN: 9781484366547 Format: Paper
Stock No: ESRSSAEA Pages: 125
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