Tagged: Privatisation

Tech giants are battling it out to supply the global internet – here’s why that’s a problem - Guest Work

Guest Author Apr 23, 2018

Claudio Bozzi, Deakin University This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The US Federal Communications Commission last month granted Elon Musk’s SpaceX permission to launch 4,425 satellites that will provide affordable high speed broadband internet to consumers. The Starlink network will be accessible in the US and around the world … Read More

Government takes over Serco-run Mt Eden prison - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jul 24, 2015

That is the headline on an article at stuff.co.nz. In the article Aimee Gulliver writes,Corrections Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga announces that the government is taking over Serco-run Mt Eden prison as of Monday.The government is taking over the management of Mt Eden prison as of Monday, following serious allegations of prisoner mistreatment at the Serco-run facility.Serco staff … Read More

Why are we where we are on this league table? - The Dismal Science

Donal Curtin Feb 07, 2014

League tables are always fascinating, and I came across a rather suggestive one in the January 11 issue of the Economist, in an article, 'Setting out the store', which was making the case for governments to sell off more of their assets.The Economist didn't give the exact source for its cross-country comparisons (just citing "an IMF paper") but I've tracked … Read More

Why does the public oppose privatisation? - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Jun 18, 2013

This question is asked by Sinclair Davidson over at The New Zealand Institute. Davidson writes, Privatisation provides an interesting case study for free-marketeers. Almost everyone is opposed to the notion, yet those same people often buy the stock. So what is it about privatisation that everyone hates? There are at least three arguments why voters may … Read More

How not to run a business: examples of poor SOE performance - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker May 28, 2013

In a previous posting I noted that By the late 1970s-early 1980s the sceptical minority was becoming larger, the mood was turning against government ownership [of firms] among both politicians and economists. One of the motivating forces for politicians and economists rethinking their position on state-owned enterprises was a history of under performance by these firms worldwide. Some … Read More

State-owned enterprises in the global economy - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker May 05, 2013

Some state-owned enterprises have become global players and the subject of much policymaking concern. There is a widespread perception that they may be acting differently when competing with private firms in the global market place. A new column at VoxEU.org, "State-owned enterprises in the global economy: Reason for concern?" introduces a new database on state-owned firms … Read More

David Farrar just doesn’t get it. - The Dismal Science

Paul Walker Apr 03, 2013

With regard to the mixed ownership model David Farrar writes, This is the model that the unions and their allies have tried to destroy. Everyone is a winner – the Bay of Plenty Regional Council and its ratepayers, Port of Tauranga’s minority shareholders and the company itself. It is totally inappropriate to look at partial privatisation as a … Read More

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