Winners and Losers: Assessing the Distributional Impacts of Privatization

Nancy Birdsall, John Nellis
2002 Social Science Research Network  
While most technical assessments classify privatization as a success, it remains widely and increasingly unpopular, largely because of the perception that it is fundamentally unfair, both in conception and execution. We review the increasing (but still uneven) literature and conclude that most privatization programs appear to have worsened the distribution of assets and income, at least in the short run. This is more evident in transition economies than in Latin America, and less clear for
more » ... ties such as electricity and telecommunications, where the poor have tended to benefit from much greater access, than for banks, oil companies, and other natural resource producers.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.999986 fatcat:jcdtletdrnfaxjn37oi2vn3l4i