Project Case Study
Analysing user charges in OECD member countries
Conducting an analysis of corporatisation and user charges in OECD countries
In 1997, we were contracted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to conduct a survey of the extent and results of corporatisation and user charges in its member countries. In particular it addressed the feasibility of monitoring the development of these policies.
The report found that there would have been substantial difficulties in collecting information on user charges due to problems with definitions between member states, as well as an almost total absence of centrally collected information.
Such monitoring would not have been feasible unless huge resources had been employed, which was not an economically viable option. However, the study concluded that it would have been considerably easier and feasible to gain information on levels of contracting out.