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A duration model analysis of privatization of municipal water services

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  • Antonio Miralles Asensio

    (Boston University and University of Barcelona)

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En este trabajo se utiliza un modelo de duración para estudiar los factores determinantes de la privatización del servicio de aguas. Se cuantifica cómo la influencia de estos factores cambia con el paso del tiempo, usando una muestra de municipios catalanes en las seis legislaturas locales acontecidas durante el período 1980-2002. Se presenta la hipótesis del efecto proximidad dinámico, la cual no es refutada por los datos: en una primera fase (primeros años 80), la privatización del servicio es más probable en ámbitos territoriales donde no hay experiencias previas de privatización; en una segunda fase (los 90), sucede lo contrario. La manera que otros factores influyen en la decisión de privatizar también evoluciona durante estas dos décadas, desde la priorización de la reparación de infraestructuras descapitalizadas hasta una mayor preocupación por la eficiencia del servicio. Los problemas presupuestarios al parecer sólo incitan a privatizar en períodos de grave crisis económica. El signo político del gobierno municipal puede influir en la decisión sobre el modo de producción del servicio si no existe consenso sobre cuál es el más eficiente.

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  • Antonio Miralles Asensio, 2009. "A duration model analysis of privatization of municipal water services," Revista de Economia Aplicada, Universidad de Zaragoza, Departamento de Estructura Economica y Economia Publica, vol. 17(2), pages 47-75, Autumn.
  • Handle: RePEc:rev:reveca:v:17:y:2009:i:2:p:47-75
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    1. Ruiz-Villaverde, Alberto & González-Gómez, Francisco & J. Picazo- Tadeo, Andrés, 2015. "The privatisation of urban water services: theory and empirical evidence in the case of Spain," INVESTIGACIONES REGIONALES - Journal of REGIONAL RESEARCH, Asociación Española de Ciencia Regional, issue 31, pages 157-174.
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    Keywords

    privatización; servicio de aguas; modelos de duración.;

    JEL classification:

    • C41 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Duration Analysis; Optimal Timing Strategies
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • H42 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Publicly Provided Private Goods

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