Privatization and the sources of performance improvement in the global telecommunications industry

Bernardo Bortolotti, Juliet D'Souza, Marcella Fantini, William L. Megginson

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Abstract

This paper examines the financial and operating performance of 31 national telecommunication companies in 25 countries that were fully or partially privatized through public share offering. Using conventional pre- versus post-privatization comparisons and panel data estimation techniques, we find that the financial and operating performance of telecommunications companies improves significantly after privatization, but that a sizable fraction of the observed improvement results from regulatory changes - alone or in combination with major ownership changes - rather than from privatization alone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-268
Number of pages26
JournalTelecommunications Policy
Volume26
Issue number5-6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2002

Keywords

  • Privatization
  • Regulation
  • Telecommunications

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Information Systems
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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