An investigation into opex productivity trends and causes in water industry in England & Wales - 1992-93 to 2002-03: main report - final

David Saal, Scott Reid

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Abstract

This report presents the results of an investigation into trends and causes of opex productivity growth for the water industry in England and Wales. The period of investigation was 1992-93 to 2002-03.

The analysis builds upon a similar methodological approach to that employed
previously to investigate economies of scale and scope in the industry.

The purpose of the analysis has been to:
Estimate trends in opex productivity growth over the period 1992-93 to 2002-03;
Decompose those trends into the factors contributing to changes in costs over
time; namely:
The common rate of productivity improvement due to factors such as
technical change;
Changes in relative price of inputs;
Changes in capital inputs;
Changes in outputs;
Changes in the quality of outputs; and
Changes in other characteristics of the operating environment.

The extent to which our estimates of historical opex productivity growth should
inform judgments at PR04 about the scope for future opex productivity growth is
outside the scope of this work. Those judgements will be a matter for Ofwat.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherStone & Webster Consultants
Commissioning bodyWater Services Regulation Authority
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004

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