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The Different Extent of Privatization Proceeds in OECD Countries: A Preliminary Explanation Using a Public-Choice Approach

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  • Ansgar Belke
  • Frank Baumgärtner
  • Friedrich Schneider
  • Ralph Setzer

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This paper empirically investigates the differences in the motives for raising privatization proceeds for a panel of 22 OECD countries from 1990 to 2001. We test whether privatizations can be mainly interpreted (a) as a means to foster growth, increase tax income, and relax the fiscal stance, (b) as a result of right-wing governments' more market-oriented policy stance, and (c) as a reaction to a country's institutional setting and the influence of interest groups. Whereas we are able to corroborate claim (c) only partly, we gain consistent evidence in favor of claims (a) and (b).

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  • Ansgar Belke & Frank Baumgärtner & Friedrich Schneider & Ralph Setzer, 2007. "The Different Extent of Privatization Proceeds in OECD Countries: A Preliminary Explanation Using a Public-Choice Approach," FinanzArchiv: Public Finance Analysis, Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 63(2), pages 211-243, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:finarc:urn:sici:0015-2218(200706)63:2_211:tdeopp_2.0.tx_2-h DOI: 10.1628/001522107X220080
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    Keywords

    European Union; panel analysis; partisan theory; privatization proceeds; state-owned enterprises;

    JEL classification:

    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods
    • E62 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Macroeconomic Policy, Macroeconomic Aspects of Public Finance, and General Outlook - - - Fiscal Policy
    • L33 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise - - - Comparison of Public and Private Enterprise and Nonprofit Institutions; Privatization; Contracting Out

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