Industry Structure Issues in the Water and Wastewater Sectors in Australia: A Comment on Abbott and Cohen


Brian Dollery, School of Economics, Business and Law, University of New England, NSW 2351, Australia. Email:


In this brief comment on Abbott and Cohen (2010), we identify two shortcomings in their paper on the Australian water and wastewater sectors. First, the empirical literature survey in the paper is deficient because it does not adequately cover the Australian scholarly work in the area. This neglect inter alia negates some of the recommendations for further research offered by Abbott and Cohen (2010). Second, the paper has overlooked important work on urban water markets in Australia undertaken by the Productivity Commission. This has also served to undermine some of the conclusions drawn in the paper.