The Organization of Public Registries: A Comparative Analysis
Pompeu Fabra University, Economics and Business Working Paper 1695, 2020
19 Pages Posted: 19 Mar 2020 Last revised: 27 Sep 2021
Date Written: February 23, 2020
This chapter analyzes the main tradeoffs in the organization of public registries, comparing five forms of organization: (1) the bureaucracies or “discretionary expense centers” used to provide privately valuable services in the welfare state; (2) the internal markets introduced to reform them, and the hybrid solutions that have been used by the liberal state since the 19th century to provide such privately valuable services, including (3) revenue centers based on user fees; (4) franchised systems in which professional civil servants are paid from the profit of an office; and (5) the contemporary variant in which the Government contracts out the provision of the whole service to a private firm. This comparison suggests that hybrid forms allow market forces to play a more effective role in organizing public registries because they are limited to a few variables, which makes stronger incentives possible while, at the same time, reducing the need for extensive planning and supervisory staff.
Keywords: Internal Markets, Competition, Bureaucracy, Registries, Welfare, Incentives, User Fees, User Choice, Privatization
JEL Classification: H11, H42, H51, H52, K23
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