Privatization and Restructuring in Concentrated Markets

37 Pages Posted: 23 May 2005

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Pehr-Johan Norbäck

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN)

Lars Persson

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

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Date Written: January 2005

Abstract

This Paper examines the restructuring of state assets in markets deregulated by privatizations and investment liberalizations. We show that a net revenue maximizing government has a stronger incentive to restructure than a profit maximizing acquiring firm: A restructuring firm only takes into account how much its own profit will increase. The government internalizes that restructuring increases the sales price not only due to the increase in the acquirer's profit, but also due to a reduced profit for the non-acquirer, whose profits decrease due to its rival's restructuring. We also identify situations where a slow sale can significantly reduce the sales price because of strategic investment and product market effects.

Keywords: Privatization, asset ownership, restructuring, oligopoly

JEL Classification: D44, L13, L33, L40, P31

Suggested Citation

Norbäck, Pehr-Johan and Persson, Lars, Privatization and Restructuring in Concentrated Markets (January 2005). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=727926

Pehr-Johan Norbäck

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

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Lars Persson (Contact Author)

Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) ( email )

Box 55665
Grevgatan 34, 2nd floor
Stockholm, SE-102 15
Sweden

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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