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Strategic Privatization and Regulation Policy in Mixed Markets

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  • Denis, CLAUDE
  • Jean, HINDRIKS

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In this paper we consider mixed oligopoly markets for differentiated goods where private and public firms compete either in prices or quantities. We then study 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 competion when goods are subsitutes, 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 the public firm can make more profit than the private firm in equilibrium, and that this possibility is more likely under quantity competition. Turning to market regulation policy, we find : (i) that public and private firms should be taxed the same; and (ii) that price regulation is better than quantity regulation.

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Paper provided by Université catholique de Louvain, Département des Sciences Economiques in its series Discussion Papers (ECON - Département des Sciences Economiques) with number 2005016.

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Date of creation: 01 Jan 2005
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  1. Heywood, John S. & McGinty, Matthew, 2011. "Cross-border mergers in a mixed oligopoly," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 28(1), pages 382-389.
  2. Capuano, Carlo & De Feo, Giuseppe, 2009. "On Public Inefficiencies in a Mixed Duopoly," SIRE Discussion Papers 2009-35, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
  3. Oscar Amerigi & Giuseppe De Feo, 2010. "On the FDI-atrracting property of privatization," Working Papers 1007, University of Strathclyde Business School, Department of Economics.
  4. repec:hal:cesptp:hal-00675338 is not listed on IDEAS
  5. Claude, Denis & Tidball, Mabel, 2006. "Efficiency inducing taxation for polluting oligopolists: the irrelevance of privatization," MPRA Paper 776, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 15 Oct 2006.
  6. 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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