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Privatization of local public services: lessons for New England

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  • Yolanda K. Kodrzycki

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As governments consider ways to provide public services more efficiently, privatization can seem like an attractive option. Yet the subject engenders sharp controversies. In New England, local governments generally have not engaged in as much privatization as those in other parts of the country. ; This article examines the evidence on the relative merits of privatizing public services and attempts to determine whether these costs and benefits actually appear to explain local government behavior throughout the United States. The limited scope of privatization by New England local governments defies explanation, suggesting that communities in the region may wish to reexamine their choices of how to provide services, if they have not done so recently.

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  • Yolanda K. Kodrzycki, 1994. "Privatization of local public services: lessons for New England," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue May, pages 31-46.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbne:y:1994:i:may:p:31-46
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    1. Yolanda K. Kodrzycki, 1998. "Fiscal pressures and the privatization of local services," New England Economic Review, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, issue Jan, pages 39-50.
    2. Salustri, Andrea & Mosca, Michele & Viganò, Federica, 2015. "Overcoming urban-rural imbalances: the role of cooperatives and social enterprises," MPRA Paper 67685, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Yan, Jia & Oum, Tae Hoon, 2014. "The effect of government corruption on the efficiency of US commercial airports," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 80(C), pages 119-132.
    4. Germa Bel & Anton Costas, 2004. "Do public sector reforms get rusty? An empirical analysis on privatization of solid waste collection," Public Economics 0409014, EconWPA.
    5. Amir HEFETZ & Mildred E. WARNER, 2010. "Dynamics of service provision: service, market and place characteristics," Departmental Working Papers 2010-33, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.

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    Local government ; New England ; Privatization;

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