Privatisation and Institutions: A Cross Country Analysis

Posted: 28 Jan 2001

See all articles by Bernardo Bortolotti

Bernardo Bortolotti

Bocconi University; University of Turin

Marcella Fantini

National Economic Research Associates Inc. (NERA)

Serena Vitalini

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan

Domenico Siniscalco

Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy; Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei; University of Turin - Department of Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Date Written: November 2000

Abstract

Privatisation, i.e. the transfer of ownership and control of state-owned enterprises, is a worldwide phenomenon. Which political, economic and institutional factors are shaping this process? This paper addresses the issue presenting new evidence from a sample of 49 countries. From an empirical analysis of the period 1977-96, the decision to privatise and the choice of privatisation method appear to be influenced by the governing political majority and public sector budget constraints, while the success of privatisation in terms of revenues and stakes sold requires suitable institutions and developed capital markets.

Keywords: Privatisation, politics, budget deficit, investor protection, enforcement of law, capital markets

JEL Classification: L33, D72, G15, H6, K22

Suggested Citation

Bortolotti, Bernardo and Fantini, Marcella and Vitalini, Serena and Siniscalco, Domenico, Privatizations and Institutions: A Cross-Country Analysis. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=54940

Bernardo Bortolotti (Contact Author)

Bocconi University ( email )

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University of Turin

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Marcella Fantini

National Economic Research Associates Inc. (NERA) ( email )

Rome
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Serena Vitalini

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan ( email )

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Domenico Siniscalco

Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy ( email )

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