Argentina last week announced it would seize the 51 percent of YPF owned by Repsol, arguing that the company had not invested enough in the country's energy sector development. Meanwhile, the top two contenders for the Mexican presidency have suggested that state-run Pemex should be opened up to private investment, following examples in Brazil and Colombia, to improve productivity. What does it take to make a state energy company succeed? What policies should governments seek to emulate and which should they avoid? Does history stand on the Argentine government's side in YPF's nationalization?
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Inter-American Dialogue's Latin American Energy Advisor. "What Does a State-Run Energy Company Need to Succeed?." (2012). http://digitalrepository.unm.edu/la_energy_dialog/60