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Disentangling Liberalization and Privatization Policies: Is There a Political Trade-Off?

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Filippo Belloc

University of Chieti-Pescara - Department of Economic Studies

Antonio Nicita

University of Siena - Department of Economics

Simone M. Sepe

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law; IAST - Fondation Jean-Jacques Laffont - TSE ; University of Toulouse 1 - Industrial Economic Institute (IDEI)

Date Written: 2014

Abstract

We empirically investigate the political determinants of liberalization and privatization policies in six network industries of 30 OECD countries. We unbundle liberalization and privatization reforms and study their simultaneous determination in a two-equation model. Our findings unveil that both right-wing and left-wing governments implement liberalizations and privatizations, showing a common trend under the so-called neo-liberalism wave. However, although the privatization rate is higher than liberalization in right-wing environments, the opposite occurs under left-wing governments. We conclude that different deregulation patterns should be expected under governments characterized by different political ideologies.

Keywords: Liberalization, Privatization, Network industries, Partisanship

JEL Classification: D72, L50, P16, C33

Suggested Citation

Belloc, Filippo and Nicita, Antonio and Sepe, Simone M., Disentangling Liberalization and Privatization Policies: Is There a Political Trade-Off? (2014). Journal of Comparative Economics, Vol. 42, No. 4, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2621009

Filippo Belloc (Contact Author)

University of Chieti-Pescara - Department of Economic Studies ( email )

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Antonio Nicita

University of Siena - Department of Economics ( email )

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Italy

Simone M. Sepe

University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )

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United States

IAST - Fondation Jean-Jacques Laffont - TSE ( email )

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University of Toulouse 1 - Industrial Economic Institute (IDEI) ( email )

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France

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