Paulo Furquim de Azevedo

Furquim de Azevedo


(Tuesday, 19th May 2015)

Title : The boundaries of government: a normative and positive analysis of privatization

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Privatization and statization are still quite controversial issues. Both are the two sides of the same coin (question): what should be the boundaries of government. Part of the controversy is purely ideological, but there is also expressive dissonance between theoretical predictions and empirical findings. This workshop will explore the tension between theory and empirics, and how it informs about the opportunities to design more appropriate empirical tests or to refine theoretical models.

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