Infrastructure Investments: Politics, Barriers and Economic Consequences



Series: Economic Issues, Problems and Perspectives
BISAC: BUS032000

The quality of infrastructure services is key to the production and trade of goods and services, contributing to the productivity and competitiveness of an economy. Efficient infrastructure services also promote the wellbeing of the population by boosting labor productivity. Altogether, infrastructure investment tends to promote greater economic growth. Infrastructure provision involves investments in capital-intensive assets with long term maturity and high levels of sunk costs. Thus, identifying the risk factors and barriers to the efficient provision of energy, transport, telecommunication and water services, as well as designing policies conducive to such initiatives are essential.

Macroeconomic stability, improved governance institutions, and appropriate regulatory measures are some of the aspects which need to be addressed in order to avoid infrastructure bottlenecks that compromise long term economic growth. Political and regulatory matters are particularly relevant to the performance of infrastructure initiatives, especially to those that involve private sponsors, due to the large scale and scope of economies that are often present in most infrastructure ventures.

This book aims to provide a thorough review of the fundamental issues being currently discussed with regards to initiatives in infrastructure sectors. Relying on statistical and econometric analyses, as well as on case studies and in depth literature surveys, this text hopes to provide a diagnostic of the relevant aspects to be addressed when planning and executing long term infrastructure investments.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. The Institutional and Regulatory Environment for Public-Private Partnerships in Infrastructure in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies
Fernanda Ruiz-Nuñez and Zichao Wei (The World Bank)

Chapter 2. Governance Institutions and the Investment Costs of Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Generation in Developing Countries
Daiana Dalla Vecchia and Gisele Ferreira Tiryaki (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil)

Chapter 3. Electric Power Generation in Brazil: Evaluating the Regulation Model’s Basic Assumption
Maurício Marins Machado and Maria da Conceição S. de Sousa (Ministério do Planejamento, Desenvolvimento e Gestão, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 4. Tapping the Bounty: Challenges to Restore the Investments in the Brazilian Oil Industry
Edmar de Almeida, Luciano Losekann and Breno Medeiros (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and others)

Chapter 5. Natural Resources and Economic Growth: An Analysis of the Municipalities Located at the State of Bahia, Brazil
Luiz Gustavo Araújo da Cruz Casais e Silva, André Luís Mota dos Santos and Rodrigo Carvalho Oliveira (Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil)

Chapter 6. Demand for Public Transportation and the Design of Optimal Public Policies
Leticia Klotz, André Trindade and Edmilson Varejão (University of Minnesota, Minnesota, USA, and others)

Chapter 7. Using Optimisation and Machine Learning to Validate the Value of Infrastructure Investments
Rodolfo García-Flores, Soumya Banerjee and George Mathews (CSIRO Data61, Clayton South, VIC, Australia, and others)

Chapter 8. Funding and Financing for Wastewater and Sanitation Infrastructure in South Africa: Pricing, Tariffs and Operational Efficiency
Cornelius Ruiters and Maselaganye P. Matji (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria, South Africa)

About the Editors


Topics: Most chapters of the book discuss issues particularly related to the energy sector, which is always present in debates (chapters 2 – 5). Chapter 6, in turn, focuses on the transportation sector, discussing issues related to public policies and the future of transportation, which is also a hot topic.

The book was written to professionals who work in infrastructure sectors, as well as academic people who conduct research in the field. Besides universities and companies operating in any of the infrastructure sectors, the book may also interest professional people at multilateral organizations, such as the World Bank, IFC, IADB, ADB, among others.

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