The Economy-wide Effects of Price-Reducing Reforms in Infrastructure Services in South Africa


It is widely believed that many services in South Africa are over-priced. There are frequent complaints in the media by business and consumers about the high cost of telephone calls, the poor quality of rail or port services.
Although there is disagreement over the magnitude of such over-pricing, its existence has been borne out in a number of research and consultancy reports. Infrastructural services such as transport and communications provide significant inputs into the production of other goods and services in addition to any direct contribution they make to the economy. Reforms that reduce their prices might thus be expected to have knock-on effects on the rest of the economy.


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Report Approval:
Wednesday, 01 February 2006
Friday, 08 February 2013
Initiated By:
Department of Trade and Industry (dti)
Undertaken By:
Human Sciences Research Council
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Evaluation Area:
Economic planning and development
Public finance, financial management
National Outcome:
National Outcome 6: An efficient, competitive and responsive economic infrastructure network.
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Evaluation Documents

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42 EQAT 20130320 tm_mb.pdf
EVAL 42 Executive Summary v2 20130322 mb.pdf

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