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Do Public Sector Reforms Get Rusty? Local Privatization in Spain

Germà Bel () and Anton Costas

Journal of Economic Policy Reform, 2006, vol. 9, issue 1, 1-24

Abstract: Recent evidence on the savings from private production of local public services has become increasingly ambiguous. Here we specify and estimate a model to explain municipal costs for solid waste collection. As we find no effect of the mode of production on costs, we put forward two hypotheses. First, progressive concentration and decreases in bidding competition may come to outweigh gains from privatization. Second, the threat of privatization may have stimulated public unit managers to search for alternative reforms. The results suggest that both inter-municipal cooperation and recent privatization are associated with lower costs, while old privatization is not.

Keywords: Privatization; contracting-out; local government (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2006
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