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Title: Putting Water to Work: A Study of Relative Economic Efficiency in the Urban Water and Wastewater Sectors of Regional New South Wales and Victoria
Contributor(s): Byrnes, Joel David (author); Dollery, Brian Edward (supervisor); Crase, Lin (supervisor)
Conferred Date: 2008
Copyright Date: 2007
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This economic efficiency study seeks to estimate the level and determinants of technical (as opposed to allocative) efficiency in the urban water and wastewater sectors of regional New South and Victoria. To the author's knowledge, it represents the first attempt in the given context using frontier measurement techniques. The main research question relates to the influence of divergent regulatory and governance structures on relative efficiency in the industry. It finds that Victorian utilities are relatively more efficient in terms of both water and wastewater provision, after having controlled for a number of external factors. Furthermore, access to groundwater as a source of water supply, and water consumed per connection, are both found to be positively related to relative efficiency.
Publication Type: Thesis Doctoral
Rights Statement: Copyright 2007 - Joel David Byrnes
HERDC Category Description: T2 Thesis - Doctorate by Research
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