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Liability for Past Environmental Contamination and Privatization

  • Dietrich Earnhart
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    This paper examines the role of liability for past environmental contamination in the privatization processes of Central and Eastern Europe. The theoretical section establishes a link between a risk-averse investor's amount of information regarding the extent of past environmental contamination (and its cleanup costs) and the investor's willingness to pay for a particular enterprise, i.e., bid. As the investor obtains a more precise estimate of the uncertain cleanup costs, the investor faces less risk; therefore, the investor's risk premium falls and the investor's bid rises. This link generates four hypotheses regarding a privatization agency's responses to the investor's knowledge of cleanup costs. The empirical section of this paper proposes to test these hypotheses with forthcoming analysis using data from the Czech Republic.

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    Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 302.

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    Date of creation: 01 Mar 2000
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    Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2000-302
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    1. Rothschild, Michael & Stiglitz, Joseph E., 1970. "Increasing risk: I. A definition," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 2(3), pages 225-243, September.
    2. Randall Bluffstone & Theodore Panayotou, 2000. "Environmental Liability and Privatization in Central and Eastern Europe: Toward an Optimal Policy," Environmental & Resource Economics, European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 17(4), pages 335-352, December.
    3. Rothschild, Michael & Stiglitz, Joseph E., 1971. "Increasing risk II: Its economic consequences," Journal of Economic Theory, Elsevier, vol. 3(1), pages 66-84, March.
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