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Efficiency and Privatisation in Imperfectly Competitive Industries

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  • De Fraja, Giovanni

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If a public firm is managed less efficiently than private producers facing similar conditions, then privatization will increase the overall efficiency of the industry and benefit society. This paper challenges this apparently innocuous conclusion. As long as the private firms' efficiency improves as a result of competition, then it will also be higher when they are subjected to "unfair" competition from a public oligopolist with no budget constraint. The author shows that it may happen that the loss inefficiency due to the relatively inefficient public firm is more than compensated by gains in the efficiency of the private firms. Copyright 1991 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

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Article provided by Wiley Blackwell in its journal Journal of Industrial Economics.

Volume (Year): 39 (1991)
Issue (Month): 3 (March)
Pages: 311-21

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  2. ANDERSON, Simon & de PALMA, André & THISSE, Jacques-François, 1996. "Privatization and Efficiency in a Differentiated Industry," CORE Discussion Papers 1996045, Université catholique de Louvain, Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE).
  3. Chalil, Diana, 2008. "Market power and subsidies in the Indonesian palm oil industry," 2008 Conference (52nd), February 5-8, 2008, Canberra, Australia 6022, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society.
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  10. Chen, Chien-Hsun & Mai, Chao-Cheng & Liu, Yu-Lin & Mai, Shin-Ying, 2009. "Privatization and optimal share release in the Chinese banking industry," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 26(6), pages 1161-1171, November.
  11. Choi, Kangsik, 2009. "Government's Preference and Timing of Endogenous Wage Setting: Perspectives on Privatization and Mixed Duopoly," MPRA Paper 17221, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  12. George C. Bitros, 2003. "Firm Ownership and Economic Efficiency," Microeconomics 0303002, EconWPA.
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  14. Jorge Pinilla & Joaquim Vergés, 2007. "Efectos De La Privatización En La Eficiencia De Iberia Líneas Aéreas De España S.A," Revista Economía y Administración, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Administrativas, Universidad de Concepción, vol. 69, pages 7-38, December.
  15. Gertjan Driessen & Mark Lijesen & Machiel Mulder, 2006. "The impact of competition on productive efficiency in European railways," CPB Discussion Paper 71, CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis.
  16. Filippo Belloc & Antonio Nicita & Pier Luigi Parcu, 2011. "Deregulating Telecommunications in Europe: Timing, Path-Dependency, and Institutional Complementarities," RSCAS Working Papers 2011/47, European University Institute.
  17. Kangsik, Choi, 2009. "Endogenous Timing with Government's Preference and Privatization," MPRA Paper 13844, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  18. Urs Meister, 2005. "Do welfare maximising water utilities maximise welfare under common carriage?," Others 0505001, EconWPA.

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