Increasing private sector participation in economic activities and promoting competition were the First Year Socio-Economic Plan of Iran. This paper examines the changes in market structure and the size of government during this plan. By considering Concentration ratio as a proxy measure for the size of monopoly and competition, we found the manufacturing sector of the Iranian economy was highly concentrated in the beginning as well as at the end of the First Economic Plan. Furthermore, the share of government in economic activities increased during this plan, which is in contrast to the targets established in the plan and to the Iranian Structural Adjustment Programme.
Manchester, UK, CRC Working Paper, No. 97, 16 pp.