Domestic Petroleum Product Prices and Subsidies : Recent Developments and Reform Strategies

Author/Editor:

David Coady ; Taimur Baig ; Joseph Ntamatungiro ; Amine Mati

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

Electronic Access:

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Summary:

The paper reviews recent developments in the pass-through of international to domestic petroleum product prices, in the different fuel pricing regimes, and in fuel subsidies in a range of emerging market and developing economies. The main finding of the paper is the limited price pass-through in many countries and the consequent increase in fuel subsidies. The paper proposes that key elements of a successful strategy to contain subsidies should comprise: making subsidies explicit; making pricing mechanisms more robust; combining reductions in subsidies with measures to protect the poorest; using the resulting savings well, and transparency and consultation.

Series:

Working Paper No. 07/71

Subject:

English

Publication Date:

March 1, 2007

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451866353/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA2007071

Format:

Paper

Pages:

24

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