Why Do Governments Divest: The Macroeonomics of Privatization

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On an unprecedented scale, nations at all income levels and across the political spectrum have initiated privatization programs over the past twenty years. In the course of this privatization movement, microeconomic efficiency arguments have become the standard justification for the divestment of public assets. This book presents an alternate view and argues that short-term macroeconomic considerations are often the true motive behind privatization programs. Why Do Government Divest? The Macroeconomics of Privatization is a comprehensive treatment of the macroeconomic issues of privatization. In addition to reviewing topics in economic growth and efficiency, this book explores the fiscal, monetary, balance-of-payments, and employment aspects of privatization. Several diverse case studies illustrate how the pursuit of such short-term political objectives can reduce the benefits of privatization.

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On an unprecedented scale, nations at all income levels and across the political spectrum have initiated privatization programs over the past twenty years. In the course of this privatization movement, microeconomic efficiency arguments have become the standard justification for the divestment of public assets. Why Do Governments Divest? The Macroeconomics of Privatization presents an alternate view. This book argues that short-term macroeconomic considerations are often the true motive behind privatization programs, allowing politicians to exploit privatization for political gain by manipulating macroeconomic aggregates. Macroeconomic considerations can also influence the nature of privatization efforts, delaying necessary reforms in an effort to prevent undesirable short-run consequences. This focus on short-term objectives tends to hinder the achievement of economic efficiency and to impede progress towards higher living standards.

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"The policy of privatization – selling state-owned firms to the private sector - has grown from its relatively modest roots in Mrs. Thatcher’s Britain during the 1980s to be a world-scale phenomenon. ... This is the theme of Schipke’s short, tightly focused and very useful book. ... In fact, Schipke has carved out an interesting and under-researched niche – the macroeconomics of privatization. ... The book is well written and ... well edited and produced." (Journal of Economics, Vol. 77 (3), 2002)

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