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Public Utilities: Privatization without Regulation

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In the last decades, transitional countries of Central and Eastern Europe have engaged in strong privatization programs of public utilities. However, a large part of them did not meet legal and economic conditions needed for a market economy to take place. In this paper, we study how a firm producing a public utility and moving from a public ownership to privatization and thus adopting a profit-maximizing criterion defines its production plans, when an appropriate regulatory environment is still lacking.

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Article provided by Charles University Prague, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute of Economic Studies in its journal AUCO Czech Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 4 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 062-078

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Handle: RePEc:fau:aucocz:au2010_062

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Keywords: Privatization; public utilities; dynamic programming;

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