Privatization: An Economic Analysis by John Stuart Vickers

Privatization: An Economic Analysis

byJohn Stuart Vickers, George Yarrow

Paperback | May 15, 1988

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This comprehensive analysis of the British privatization program offers insights into recent policies on privatization, competition, and regulation in a country that has by far the greatest experience with this growing worldwide phenomenon.The process of selling assets and enterprises to the private sector raises theoretical questions about natural monopolies, the efficiency and equity of state owned versus privately-owned enterprises, and industrial policy. Privatization explores these questions both theoretically and empirically.After providing theoretical perspectives on the economics of ownership, competition, and regulation, the authors assess privatization policies in key industries: telecommunications, energy, transport, and water. They argue that the government's haste to transfer ownership reflects a misplaced priority, and that the main thrust of policy should be to improve industrial efficiency by stimulating competition and, providing effective regulation.John Vickers is Roy Harrod Fellow in the Economics of Business and Public Policy at Nuffield College, Oxford. George Yarrow is a Fellow and Tutor in Economics at Hertford College, Oxford, and Oxford University Lecturer in the Economics of the Firm. Privatization: An Economic Analysis is included in the series Regulation of Economic Activity, edited by Richard Schmalensee.

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George Yarrow is Director of the Oxford based Regulatory Policy Institute, an independent, charitable organization dedicated to the study of all aspects of regulation and deregulation. He is also an Emeritus Fellow of Hertford College, Oxford.

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Title:Privatization: An Economic AnalysisFormat:PaperbackDimensions:454 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.1 inPublished:May 15, 1988Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:0262720116

ISBN - 13:9780262720113

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"This book should be required discomfort for the Government'sarmy of advisers, and is guaranteed to give sleepless nightsto any potential regulator." Max Wilkinson , Financial Times