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What Does "Privatization" Do for Efficiency? Evidence from Argentina's and Brazil's Railways

  • Estache, Antonio
  • Gonzalez, Marianela
  • Trujillo, Lourdes

Railway restructuring and privatization has now become a mainstream policy option in many developing countries. This paper provides the first analysis of the efficiency payoffs of railway reform for a couple of developing countries, Argentina and Brazil. We track down the evolution of the performance of the private operators in both countries since reform, compare with the pre-reform performance when possible, distinguishing between the output and input sources of efficiency changes. This is done by computing the total factor productivity (TFP) of each business unit since the regulators started collecting enough data.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal World Development.

Volume (Year): 30 (2002)
Issue (Month): 11 (November)
Pages: 1885-1897

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