Privatization, Market Liberalization, and Learning in Transition Economies
AbstractPrivatization and market liberalization are widely considered to be complementary reforms in transition economies. This article challenges this view and the closely related “big bang” approach: when pursued too vigorously, privatization may impede the transition process following liberalization. Our result is based on an explicit model of market learning. Compared to a mature market, a market in transition is characterized by greater uncertainty regarding market conditions, including equilibrium prices and quantities. Economic actors must learn about these conditions through their participation in the market process. Less than full privatization is optimal if the costs of learning are sufficiently important. Copyright 1998, Oxford University Press.
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Volume (Year): 80 (1998)
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- Goodhue, Rachael Evadne & Rausser, Gordon C. & Simon, Leo K, 1996. "Privatization, market liberalization and learning in transition economies," CUDARE Working Paper Series 788, University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy.
- Rachael E. Goodhue & Gordon C. Rausser & Leo K. Simon, 1998. "Privatization, Market Liberalization and Learning in Transition Economies," UWO Department of Economics Working Papers 9805, University of Western Ontario, Department of Economics.
- Goodhue, Rachael E. & Rausser, Gordon C. & Simon, Leo K., 1996. "Privatization, market liberalization and learning in transition economies," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt6vw536q0, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
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