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Name: Berg, Sanford
Title: Emeritus Professor
Organization: Economics
Education: Ph.D., Economics, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1970
Office Address: Pubic Utility Research Center University of Florida PO Box 117142 Gainesville, FL US32611-7142
Email: sberg@ufl.edu
Telephone: +1 (352) 392-0132

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Dr. Berg's research has focused on infrastructure industries: the role of research and development in determining the basic industry conditions and the role of public policy in determining sector performance. Regulatory incentives shape managerial decisions regarding prices, production facilities, contracts, service quality, and network expansion. Because of its work with regulatory commissions and utilities around the world, the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) has created a library of material on infrastructure policy and regulatory governance. Berg has examined the role of network industries in economic growth and the promotion of innovative approaches to improving water sector performance. Current research focuses on the evaluation of methodologies for benchmarking water utility performance, analysis of water sector policy, and training in infrastructure regulation. Dr. Berg is the co-author of Natural Monopoly Regulation: Principles and Practice (Cambridge University Press). He has published more than eighty articles on infrastructure issues, joint venture activity, and innovation in publications such as the Journal of Regulatory Economics, Utilities Policy, and Water Policy. His eight articles in Water21 examine investment, pricing, and incentive issues facing regulators and water systems managers. Traveling widely, he has given presentations on infrastructure issues in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and the United Kingdom. His public service includes membership on the Florida Governor?s Energy2020 Study Commission, 2000-2001 and organization of the PURC/Askew Conference ?How Should Florida?s Water Supply Be Managed in Response to Growth?? He is co-coordinator of the PURC/World Bank International Training Program since 1996. Over 1400 regulators and managers from 128 nations have participated in the two week program at UF. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Florida and New York Public Service Commissions, Southern Company, and other organizations. He has been honored with a number of awards, including University Teacher/Scholar of the Year, 1998-1999. He is author of "Water Utility Benchmarking: Measurement, Methodologies, and Performance Incentives," (International Water Association, 2010).

Keywords: BENCHMARKING; EFFICIENCY; INCENTIVES; INVESTMENT; POLICY; PRICING; REGULATION