© 1989

Privatization and State-Owned Enterprises

Lessons from the United States, Great Britain and Canada


Part of the Rochester Studies in Economics and Policy Issues book series (RSEP, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Paul W. MacAvoy, W. T. Stanbury, George Yarrow, Richard J. Zeckhauser
    Pages 1-5
  3. Richard J. Zeckhauser, Murray Horn, Kevin J. Murphy, Sam Peltzman
    Pages 7-75
  4. Paul W. MacAvoy, George S. McIsaac, William Niskanen, Louis De Alessi
    Pages 77-142
  5. Kenneth W. Clarkson, Steve H. Hanke, Fred Thompson
    Pages 143-207
  6. John Vickers, George Yarrow, Allan Walters, M. Bruce Johnson, Ian MacGregor
    Pages 209-272
  7. W. T. Stanbury, Walter Block, Richard Schultz
    Pages 273-340
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 341-362

About this book


The book is divided into three major sections. The first presents a theoretical discussion that underlies the other essays. The second section deals with privatization issues from the perspective of the United States. The third describes research addressed to the U. K. and Canada. In the first chapter, Richard Zeckbauser and Murray Horn develop a wide-ranging theoretical framework for assessing the capabilities and role of state-owned enterprises; it provides a foundation for the analyses that follow. In The Control and Perfonnance o[ State-Owned Enterprises , they describe state-owned enterprises as an extreme case of the separation of ownership and control. The focus is on management --the incentives it faces and the conflicts to which it is subjected. The distinguishing characteristics of public enterprise, the authors suggest, give it a comparative advantage over both public bureaucracy and private enterprise in certain situations. They argue that legislators are more likely to prefer SOEs over private enterprise when the efficiency of private enterprise is undermined by regulation or the tbreat of opportunistic state action, when the informational demands of subsidizing private production to meet distributional objectives are high, when it is difficult to assign property rights, or when state ownership is ideologically appealing. These considerations suggest why SOEs are usually assigned special rights and responsibilities, and they help explain observed regularities in the distribution of SOEs across countries and sectors. Zeckhauser and Horn apply principal-agent theory to identify the key factors underlying the performance of state-owned enterprises.



Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.William E. Simon Graduate School of Business AdministrationUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Commerce and Business AdministrationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Hertford CollegeOxford UniversityUK
  4. 4.John F. Kennedy School of GovernmentHarvard UniversityUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Privatization and State-Owned Enterprises
  • Book Subtitle Lessons from the United States, Great Britain and Canada
  • Editors Paul W. Macavoy
    W.T. Stanbury
    George Yarrow
    Richard Zeckhauser
  • Series Title Rochester Studies in Economics and Policy Issues
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1989
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-89838-297-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-011-7431-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-7429-9
  • Series ISSN 0924-6002
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 384
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Industrial Organization
    Economic Policy
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