|Philippe Aghion||Harvard||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Franklin Allen||Imperial College London||Agree||6||
For many but not all industries, privatization increases efficiency. I think this is true in many central and eastern European countries.
|Pol Antras||Harvard||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
|Richard Baldwin||The Graduate Institute Geneva||Agree||5||Bio/Vote History|
|Timothy J. Besley||LSE||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Olivier Blanchard||Peterson Institute||Strongly Agree||10||
This is a no brainer.
|Nicholas Bloom||Stanford||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Richard William Blundell||University College London||Agree||9||
The majority of privatisations have been carried out effectively with proper auctions and subsequent price regulation.
|Agnès Bénassy-Quéré||Paris School of Economics||Agree||8||
Only after several years of depression.
|Elena Carletti||Bocconi||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Jean-Pierre Danthine||Paris School of Economics||Strongly Agree||2||Bio/Vote History|
|Paul De Grauwe||LSE||Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
|Jan Eeckhout||University College London||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
|Ernst Fehr||Universität Zurich||Strongly Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|Xavier Freixas||Universitat Pompeu Fabra||No Opinion||
As a non-expert I cannot answer that is related to oligarchies, corruption and the end of the cold war.
|Nicola Fuchs-Schündeln||Goethe-Universität Frankfurt||Strongly Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
|Jordi Galí||Universitat Pompeu Fabra||Agree||6||Bio/Vote History|
|Luis Garicano||LSE||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
|Francesco Giavazzi||Bocconi||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Rachel Griffith||University of Manchester||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
|Veronica Guerrieri||Chicago Booth||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Luigi Guiso||Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance||Strongly Agree||1||Bio/Vote History|
|Martin Hellwig||Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods||Did Not Answer||Bio/Vote History|
|Patrick Honohan||Trinity College Dublin||Strongly Agree||9||
The answer would be less obvious if applied only to Western Europe
|Henrik Kleven||Princeton||Agree||5||Bio/Vote History|
|Jan Pieter Krahnen||Goethe University Frankfurt||Agree||8||
While productivity has increased almost surely, production may actually have dropped significantly, as industry was largely dismantled.
|Per Krusell||Stockholm University||No Opinion||
I have no knowledge in this area.
|Botond Kőszegi||Central European University||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Eliana La Ferrara||Bocconi||Agree||3||Bio/Vote History|
|Christian Leuz||Chicago Booth||Strongly Agree||8||
During transition in those economies, we also saw productivity gains for state-owned firms but gains for privatized firms were much larger.
-see background information here
|Costas Meghir||Yale||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
Productivity has increased, though in Russia and other countries the distributional consequences have been regressive
|Kevin O'Rourke||Oxford||Agree||6||Bio/Vote History|
|Marco Pagano||Università di Napoli Federico II||Strongly Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
|Lubos Pastor||Chicago Booth||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Torsten Persson||Stockholm University||Strongly Agree||8||
Even in East Germany only a few firms were viable at world-market prices at the end of communism (Akerlof et al, BPEA, 1990)
|Christopher Pissarides||LSE||Strongly Agree||8||
governments are not good at running businesses, private owners know better how to increase productivity
|Richard Portes||London Business School||Strongly Agree||10||Bio/Vote History|
|Canice Prendergast||Chicago Booth||Agree||8||Bio/Vote History|
|Lucrezia Reichlin||London Business School||Uncertain||3||Bio/Vote History|
|Rafael Repullo||CEMFI||No Opinion||Bio/Vote History|
|Hélène Rey||London Business School||Agree||6||Bio/Vote History|
|Antoinette Schoar||MIT||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
|John Van Reenen||MIT||Agree||7||Bio/Vote History|
|John Vickers||Oxford||Strongly Agree||7||
Gains have come from pro-market reforms more generally, but privatization was a pre-condition.
|Hans-Joachim Voth||University of Zurich||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
|Beatrice Weder di Mauro||Gutenberg University Mainz and INSEAD||Agree||6||Bio/Vote History|
|Karl Whelan||University College Dublin||Agree||4||
Agree but moving from state-sponsored monopolies to badly-regulated private sector monopolies does not do much for the average consumer.
|Charles Wyplosz||The Graduate Institute Geneva||Strongly Agree||9||
With rare exceptions, firms were highly inefficient beforehand. In some countries, private firms remain uncompetitive because of corruption.
|Fabrizio Zilibotti||Universität Zurich||Strongly Agree||9||Bio/Vote History|
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