Privatization, Investment and Ownership Efficiency

Reprint No. 2012:39

Author(s): Pehr-Johan Norbäck and Lars PerssonYear: 2012 Title: Oxford Economic Papers Volume (No.): 64 (4) Pages: 765–786
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We provide a model that explains the following empirical observations: (i) private ownership is more efficient than public ownership, (ii) privatizations are associated with increases in efficiency, and (iii) the increase in efficiency predates the privatization. The two key mechanisms explaining the results are: (i) a government owner keeping control can affect long-run employment levels when investing and (ii) a privatizing government has a stronger incentive to invest than an acquiring firm: the government exploits the fact that investments increase the sales price not only due to the increase in the acquirer’s profit, but also due to a reduced profit for the non-acquirer.

Norbäck, Pehr-Johan and Lars Persson (2012), "Privatization, Investment and Ownership Efficiency". Oxford Economic Papers 64(4), 765–786.

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