Venue: School of Economics - Universitat de Barcelona (Spain)

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Event Date/Time: Jun 12, 2006 End Date/Time: Jun 13, 2006
Registration Date: Jun 10, 2006
Early Registration Date: Apr 30, 2006
Abstract Submission Date: Dec 31, 2005
Paper Submission Date: Apr 15, 2006
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Privatization of local services has increased in the developed countries since the early eighties. The spread of the privatization movement is grounded in the fundamental belief that 1) market competition in the private sector is a more efficient way to provide government services and allows for greater citizen choice, and 2) Private production is more efficient than public production. Both of these assumptions are subject to criticism - both from a theoretical and an empirical point.
In the last decades, many analytical efforts have been devoted to study the theoretical foundations as well as the empirical evidence on local privatization, thus analyzing the factors explaining the privatization decision, as well as the economic results from privatization. Empirical studies do not provide clear evidence on the costs and benefits of privatization. Moreover, in practice, concerns about service quality, social equity, and employment conditions raise skepticism of privatization.

Within this general framework, the key themes for the special issue are the following ones:
- Theoretical underpinnings for local privatization.
- Factors explaining the decision to privatize.
- Economic consequences of privatization: Form of production and costs.
- Monitoring activities and contracting costs as a consequence of privatization.
- Privatization, market concentration and competition.
- Alternatives to privatization.
- Reverse privatization
- Concerns with meeting wider government obligations to citizens (public service) which can be undermined in the market delivery process.
- The suppression of compulsory competitive tendering in the UK in 1998. Causes and consequences.

Abstracts with the proposals must be sent before: December 31st, 2005 (MAIL TO: workshopls@gmail.com)

Decision by the Scientific Committee on abstract acceptance: Until January 31st, 2006

Full paper: Until April 15th, 2006


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SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE: Germà Bel (Universitat de Barcelona and Harvard University) Trevor Brown (Ohio State University) Antón Costas (Universitat de Barcelona) Raymond Gradus (Free University of Amsterdam) Robert Hebdon (McGill University, Montreal) Antonio Miralles (Boston University) Matthew Potoski (Iowa State University) Mildred Warner (Cornell University) LOCAL ORGANIZING COMMITEE AT UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA Germà Bel Laia Doménech Xavier Fageda Jordi Perdiguero