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Boosting Infrastructure Investments in Africa Boosting Infrastructure Investments in Africa
Donald Kaberuka, World Economics, June 2011
The absolute and relative lack of infrastructure in Africa suggests that the continent’s competitiveness could be boosted by scaling up investments in infrastructure. Such investments would facilitate domestic and international trade, enhance Africa’s integration into t ... More


Should Fuel Taxes Be Scrapped in Favor of Pay-by-the-Mile Charges? Should Fuel Taxes Be Scrapped in Favor of Pay-by-the-Mile Charges?
Ian Parry, World Economics, September 2005
This paper discusses the appropriate balance between traditional gasoline taxes and charging by the mile, focusing on economic efficiency considerations. It begins with a brief discussion of the five major passenger vehicle issues of concern—local pollution, greenhouse ... More


Congestion Charging Congestion Charging: Utopia vs. Reform
Edward Gottesman, World Economics, June 2003
The debate about road use charging continues. No simple and effective proposal to limit center-city congestion has attracted popular support. The economic case for reducing vehicle congestion in towns and cities is indisputable, as shown in the recent article by Begg ... More


Transport, Access and Economic Growth Transport, Access and Economic Growth
Karl W. Steininger , World Economics, June 2002
Transport and gross domestic product have grown at roughly a one-to-one relationship in the past. Many decision-makers consider the supply of transport infrastructure an important ingredient in fostering productivity and economic growth; some even consider it a prere ... More