The Viewpoint policy journal focuses on public policy innovations for private-sector led and market-based solutions for development. The journal is open to submissions. A writer's guide is available for download (PDF 22KB).
Recent Policy Briefs
Since 1982 more than half the world’s countries have reformed their electricity sectors. Implemented correctly, the standard reform model—with competition, unbundling, and effective regulation—can lead to big gains in performance. But most developing countries lack institutional preconditions for fully adopting the model—and hybrid electricity markets are emerging. Developing pricing schemes that strike a better balance between economic efficiency and social equity remains a big challenge. An even greater challenge is to meet global energy needs while reducing the threat of climate change disruption.
A literature review shows that competition policy reforms allow markets to work more efficiently for the benefit of consumers and drive sustainable economic growth. Three main insights emerge: Greater market competition matters for achieving greater innovation, productivity, and economic growth. Policies that help open markets and remove anticompetitive regulations can promote competition, resulting in lower prices and better deals for consumers and firms. And effective enforcement of competition rules across sectors—rather than the pure existence of competition laws—makes a difference in the impact of competition policies.
Viewpoints sorted by topic:
Competition, regulation & market structure (multisector)
Energy (oil, gas, electricity)
Finance and subsidies (multisector)
Future of the aid industry
Impact of privatization
Investment climate and globalization
Private provision of health and education
Telecommunications & information technology
Transport (airports, seaports, rail, roads)