Public Versus Private Ownership under Costly Taxation
AbstractThe importance of ownership structure is analyzed in a simple voting framework. The model contains a market failure arising from the market not internalizing the total surplus from trade and a political failure arising from the government catering to the interests of the median voter. In a publicly owned firm the government uses both taxes and the firm´s internal resources government does not control the firm´s internal resources so any non profit generating activities must be purely tax financed. Ownership matters since the gorvernment does not trigger the same resource allocation in a private firm through regulation as in a similar publicly owned firm.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics. Centre for Industrial Economics in its series CIE Discussion Papers with number 1998-16.
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Date of creation: Sep 1998
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ownership structure; medium voter; externalities;
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