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The Different Extent of Privatization Proceeds in OECD Countries: A Preliminary Explanation Using a Public-Choice Approach

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  • Ansgar Belke
  • Frank Baumgärtner
  • Friedrich Schneider
  • Ralph Setzer

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This paper empirically investigates the differences in the motives for raising privatization proceeds for a panel of 22 OECD countries from 1990 to 2001. We test whether privatizations can be mainly interpreted (a) as a means to foster growth, increase tax income, and relax the fiscal stance, (b) as a result of right-wing governments' more market-oriented policy stance, and (c) as a reaction to a country's institutional setting and the influence of interest groups. Whereas we are able to corroborate claim (c) only partly, we gain consistent evidence in favor of claims (a) and (b).

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal FinanzArchiv.

Volume (Year): 63 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 211-243

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Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200706)63:2_211:tdeopp_2.0.tx_2-h

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Keywords: European Union; panel analysis; partisan theory; privatization proceeds; state-owned enterprises;

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Cited by:
  1. Niklas Potrafke, 2012. "Is German domestic social policy politically controversial?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 153(3), pages 393-418, December.
  2. Schuster, Philipp & Schmitt, Carina & Traub, Stefan, 2013. "The retreat of the state from entrepreneurial activities: A convergence analysis for OECD countries, 1980–2007," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 32(C), pages 95-112.
  3. Margarita Katsimi & Vassilis Sarantides, 2012. "Do elections affect the composition of fiscal policy in developed, established democracies?," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 151(1), pages 325-362, April.
  4. Niklas Potrafke, 2006. "Political Effects on the Allocation of Public Expenditures: Empirical Evidence from OECD Countries," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 653, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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