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December 1, 2016

The Reform of the Railway Sector and its Achievements

The Reform of the Railway Sector and its Achievements In the last three decades, state-owned railways have been reformed in many countries. The Japanese National Railways (JNR) was the first railway system to be divided and corporatized in 1987. In the following year, the Swedish State Railways (SJ) was reformed by introducing vertical separation, and this case had much influence on the stipulation of wider EU railway policies. Although the EU railway policies were stipulated based on regional context specificities, these policies and their results have been discussed even in some non-EU countries and have tended to have large impacts […]
September 1, 2016

The challenges of digitalization and the use of data

The challenges of digitalization and the use of data This Issue of the Network Industries Quarterly focuses on the challenges of digitalization and the use of data. Some of the best papers presented at the 5th Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures are presented in this issue of the Network Industries Quarterly. Selected academics and practitioners have been invited to Florence on June 24th 2016 at the to discuss the latest developments in the regulation of different network industries, namely transport, energy, telecoms and water distribution. The fifth edition of the Conference on the Regulation of Infrastructures had a special […]
June 1, 2016

Financing of infrastructures in Latin America

This Issue of the Network Industries Quarterly focuses on Financing of infrastructures in Latin Amercia. The goal of this issue of the Network Industries Quarterly is to identify the conditions for the capital and money markets to increase their participation in the infrastructure financing process. Furthermore, the chapters illustrate examples of different forms of infrastructure financing. The first article by Jorge Alcaraz and Adriana Castro provides an overview on foreign direct investment as a source for infrastructure building, focusing on how governments from Latin American countries could improve the effects of these investments. The second article by Francisco Javier Valderrey […]
March 1, 2016

Achievements and current challenges regarding public utilities’ regulation in Brazil

Brazil is the seventh largest economy in the world in terms of GDP. As a consequence of the privatization program launched in the 1990s, a significant portion of public services was transferred to private investors under long-term concession agreements. This was the case of transmission and distribution of electricity, roads, railroads and telecommunica­tions. However, despite privatization, the State remains an important player in sectors such as electricity and oil & gas, which increases the complexity of regulation considering an environment in which State-owned companies interact with private investors.This Special Issue of the Network Industries Quarterly focuses on Brazil. The goal […]
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