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Privatizing Monopolies in Developing Countries: The Real Effects of Exclusivity Periods in Telecommunications

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  • Scott Wallsten

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    Many developing countries have given newly privatized incumbent network utilities, especially telecommunications, exclusive rights to serve particular markets. Research to date has explored privatization, competition, and to a lesser extent, regulation. We know little, however, about the effects of the privatization transactions themselves and, in particular, how these ‘‘exclusivity periods’’ matter. I use original data to investigate this approach to privatization. I find that exclusivity periods are associated with significant increases in the firm’s sale price. Exclusivity periods are also, however, correlated with a significant decrease in the incumbent’s investment in the telecommunications network, payphones, mobile telephone penetration, and international calling. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Regulatory Economics.

    Volume (Year): 26 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 3 (08)
    Pages: 303-320

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:regeco:v:26:y:2004:i:3:p:303-320

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    Keywords: privatization; regulation; telecommunications; developing countries;

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    1. Li, Wei & Xu, Lixin Colin, 2002. "The Political Economy of Privatization and Competition: Cross-Country Evidence from the Telecommunications Sector," Journal of Comparative Economics, Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 439-462, September.
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    2. Antonio Estache & L. Wren-Lewis, 2008. "Towards a Theory of Regulation for Developing Countries: Following Laffont's Lead," Working Papers ECARES 2008_018, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
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