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Imam, M., Jamasb, T. and Llorca, M.

Power Sector Reform and Corruption: Evidence from Electricity Industry in Sub-Saharan Africa


Abstract: We analyse the impact of corruption and two key aspects of electricity sector reforms, such as the creation of independent regulatory agencies and private sector participation, on several performance indicators in Sub-Saharan Africa. We find that corruption reduces technical efficiency of the sector and constrains the efforts to increase access to electricity and national income. However, some negative effects are offset where independent regulators are established and privatisation is implemented. Our findings suggest that well-designed reforms not only boost economic performance of the sector, but also reduce the negative effects of macro-level institutional deficiencies, such as corruption, on performance indicators.

Keywords: Panel data, dynamic GMM, electricity sector reform, corruption, Sub-Saharan Africa

JEL Codes: Q48 D02 K23 D73


EPRG Paper Link: 1801

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