Journal of Economics

, Volume 124, Issue 1, pp 57–73 | Cite as

Price control and privatization in a mixed duopoly with a public social enterprise

  • Chih-Wei Chang
  • Dachrahn Wu
  • Yan-Shu Lin


We explore the issue of the optimal degree of privatization for a public firm that does not need to care about its rival’s profit completely. We find that the optimal privatization of a public social enterprise under exogenous price control depends on the level of the regulated price. Namely, when the regulated price is low (medium, high), the optimal privatization is partial privatization (complete privatization, completely public owned). If the price control is optimized by maximizing social welfare, then the optimal privatization is complete privatization. For the case of the traditionally defined public firm, its optimal privatization is completely public owned when the price control is exogenously given. If the price control is endogenously determined, then privatization policy is redundant.


Public social enterprises Privatization Product quality 

JEL Classification

L13 I11 H42 



We are grateful to two referees and the editor for their valuable comments, leading to substantial improvements of this paper. The usual disclaimer applies.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Economics and Environment ResourcesHubei University of EconomicsWuhanChina
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsNational Central UniversityTaoyuanTaiwan
  3. 3.Department of EconomicsNational Dong Hwa UniversityHualienTaiwan

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