Privatizing Monopolies in Developing Countries: The Real Effects of Exclusivity Periods in Telecommunications
Many developing countries have given newly privatized incumbent network utilities, especially telecommunications, exclusive rights to serve particular markets. Research to date has explored privatization, competition, and to a lesser extent, regulation. We know little, however, about the effects of the privatization transactions themselves and, in particular, how these ‘‘exclusivity periods’’ matter. I use original data to investigate this approach to privatization. I find that exclusivity periods are associated with significant increases in the firm’s sale price. Exclusivity periods are also, however, correlated with a significant decrease in the incumbent’s investment in the telecommunications network, payphones, mobile telephone penetration, and international calling. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004
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- Li, Wei & Xu, Lixin Colin, 2002.
"The Political Economy of Privatization and Competition: Cross-Country Evidence from the Telecommunications Sector,"
Journal of Comparative Economics,
Elsevier, vol. 30(3), pages 439-462, September.
- Colin Xu, Lixin & Li, Wei & Zhen-Wei Qiang, Christine, 2001. "The Political Economy of Privatization and Competition: Cross-Country Evidence from the Telecommunications Sector," CEPR Discussion Papers 2825, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
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