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Strategic Privatization and Regulation Policy in Mixed Markets

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  • J Hindriks
  • D Claude

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In this article, the authors consider mixed oligopoly markets for differentiated goods, where private and public firms compete either in price or quantity. This is a study of the welfare effect of privatization— interpreted as partial strategic delegation of the public firm to a private manager with profit concern. It is shown that partial privatization improves welfare with ‘quantity competition’ when goods are substitutes; and with ‘price competition’ when goods are complements. However, full privatization (complete delegation to private manager) can never be optimal. It is also shown that a public firm can make more profit than a private firm in equilibrium, and that this possibility is more likely under quantity competition. With regard to market regulation policy, it is articulated that (i) public and private firms should be taxed in the same manner; and (ii) price regulation is better than quantity regulation.

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Article provided by IUP Publications in its journal The IUP Journal of Managerial Economics.

Volume (Year): IV (2006)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 7-26

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Handle: RePEc:icf:icfjme:v:04:y:2006:i:1:p:7-26

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Cited by:
  1. Amerighi, Oscar & De Feo, Giuseppe, 2010. "On the FDI-attracting property of privatizatio," SIRE Discussion Papers 2010-34, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  2. Carlo Capuano & Giuseppe De Feo, 2009. "On Public Inefficiencies in a Mixed Duopoly," Working Papers 0916, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
  3. Heywood, John S. & McGinty, Matthew, 2011. "Cross-border mergers in a mixed oligopoly," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 382-389.
  4. Denis Claude & Mabel Tidball, 2006. "Efficiency inducing taxation for polluting oligopolists: the irrelevance of privatization," Working Papers 06-06, LAMETA, Universtiy of Montpellier, revised Jul 2006.
  5. John S. Heywood & Guangliang Ye, 2009. "Delegation in a mixed oligopoly: the case of multiple private firms," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 30(2), pages 71-82.

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