Efficient Public‐Private Capital Structures

24 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2014

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Marian W. Moszoro

Warsaw School of Economics (SGH); International Monetary Fund (IMF); George Mason University - Department of Economics; George Mason University - Interdisciplinary Center for Economic Science (ICES)

Date Written: March 1, 2014


This paper presents a rationale for hybrid public‐private capital structures in public utilities. The public sector can borrow money cheaper, while private investors can spawn life‐cycle cost savings. When investment vehicles enable the internalization of the financial advantage of the public sector and the managerial advantage of the private sector, a Pareto‐efficient capital structure is achieved with both the public and private parties as shareholders. I show how different knowledge transfer schemes determine the optimal shareholding structure for the utility company.

Keywords: Public‐Private Partnerships, ownership structures, public investment policy, knowledge transfer, water utilities

Suggested Citation

Moszoro, Marian W., Efficient Public‐Private Capital Structures (March 1, 2014). Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics, Vol. 85, Issue 1, pp. 103-126, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2396204 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/apce.12028

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