Termini, Valeria and Cella, Michela (1999): La funzione economica del contratto di servizio nella trasformazione in spa delle aziende di servizi pubblici locali. Published in: Economia publica No. 4 (1999): pp. 31-56.
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This paper raises a neglecteed point in the literature on local public services, showing that even "formal privatizaion" (the transformation of the service provider into a joint-stock company) has a significant influence on the agents involved. The relationship between local government and the firm is examined in different scenarios using the formal tools of contract theory. The article shows how the service contract, introduced after formal privatization, changes the incentives and the productive efficiency of the firm. This contract is a flexible instrument which permits optimal tradeoffs between conflicting objectives: the local government's interest in maximizing revenues and the quality of local services in the short run and the profit maximization objective of the more independent and market oriented firm. The paper also provides a historical and normative overview of the evolution of local public utilities, which offers empirical support for the theoretical results.
|Item Type:||MPRA Paper|
|Original Title:||La funzione economica del contratto di servizio nella trasformazione in spa delle aziende di servizi pubblici locali|
|English Title:||The economic function of the contract for local utilities|
|Keywords:||contract theory; local utilities; privatization of public service utilities|
|Subjects:||H - Public Economics > H7 - State and Local Government ; Intergovernmental Relations > H70 - General
L - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L97 - Utilities: General
D - Microeconomics > D8 - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty > D82 - Asymmetric and Private Information ; Mechanism Design
|Depositing User:||Valeria Termini|
|Date Deposited:||09. May 2010 18:58|
|Last Modified:||21. Feb 2013 18:29|
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