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Privatization and Managerial Efficiency

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  • Olivier Debande
  • Guido Friebel

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We investigate the privatization decision of a government whose objectives are to preserve jobs and to stabilize its budget. The firm considered needs restructuring, i.e. some funds must be provided and the manager must undertake an effort to reorganize the firm. If the productivity of the manager is unknown to the government, privatization involves a trade-off between better managerial incentives and a loss of control: productive managers restructure since they receive the profits of the firm, but unproductive managers shirk and deviate the funds to unproductive uses. This gives rise to a soft budget constraint, and the preservation of employment may become more expensive to the government than in state ownership.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 39.

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Date of creation: 01 May 1997
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Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:1997-39

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  1. Bennedsen, Morten, 1999. "Political Ownership," Working Papers 11-1999, Copenhagen Business School, Department of Economics.
  2. Bennedsen, Morten, 2000. "Political ownership," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 76(3), pages 559-581, June.

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