Privatization for the Public Good?: Welfare Effects of Private Intervention in Latin America
Barrera-Osorio, Felipe; Galdo, Virgilio; Schargrodsky, Ernesto; Galiani, Sebastián; González Rozada, Martín; Nakasone, Eduardo; Chong, Alberto E.; Coombs, Elizabeth; Gonzalez-Eiras, Martín; Torero, Máximo; Alcázar, Lorena; Olivera, Mauricio; Carrillo, Paul E.; Rossi, Martín; Bellettini Cedeño, Orazio J.
Chong, Alberto E.
This book provides a detailed microeconomic analysis of the impact of various privatizations in different countries in the region. Its central message is that in many cases, contrary to popular belief, society as a whole and in particular the poor have benefited from privatization. The book presents a careful analysis of the various mechanisms through which privatization has an impact on welfare, an analysis that by and large has been missing from the debate. Case studies of water sector privatization in Argentina and Colombia, and also the telecom industry in Peru are included.