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The Restructuring and Privatization of Britain's CEGB--Was It Worth It?

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  • Newbery, David M
  • Pollitt, Michael G

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The authors report a social cost-benefit analysis of the privatization and restructuring of the Central Electricity Generating Board which generated and transmitted all public electricity in England and Wales until 1990. The main benefits came from generator efficiency gains, switching from nuclear power, and lower emissions. The main costs came from higher prices for imported French electricity, the cost of restructuring, and premature investment in new gas-fired generating plants. The authors' central estimate is a permanent cost reduction of 5 percent per year, equivalent to an extra 40 percent return on assets. Consumers and government lose, and producers gain more than the cost reduction. Copyright 1997 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd

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  • Newbery, David M & Pollitt, Michael G, 1997. "The Restructuring and Privatization of Britain's CEGB--Was It Worth It?," Journal of Industrial Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 45(3), pages 269-303, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jindec:v:45:y:1997:i:3:p:269-303
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