Privatization in Denmark, 1980-2002

31 Pages Posted: 17 Aug 2004

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Martin Paldam

Aarhus University - Department of Economics

Henrik Christoffersen

University of Copenhagen - Institute of Local Government Studies

Date Written: February 2004

Abstract

Denmark is one of the most developed welfare states, but also a rather capitalistic state with little public ownership outside the traditional fields of the public sector and the natural monopolies of the network industries. The low level of public ownership corresponds to peoples' attitude in polls. Nevertheless, 12 privatizations of state companies have been made along with everybody else. No statistics on privatization have been previously published in Denmark. Most of the 12 privatizations are small, and the telephone company provides 76 percent of the total revenue. In the municipal sector, however, most privatization activity appears to be outsourcing.

Keywords: Privatization, outsourcing, capitalist values.

JEL Classification: D2, H82, L32, P1

Suggested Citation

Paldam, Martin and Christoffersen, Henrik, Privatization in Denmark, 1980-2002 (February 2004). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 1127. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=514242

Martin Paldam (Contact Author)

Aarhus University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Henrik Christoffersen

University of Copenhagen - Institute of Local Government Studies ( email )

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Denmark
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