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Firm Ownership, Product Differentiation And Welfare

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  • YUANZHU LU
  • SOUGATA PODDAR

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The purpose of this paper is to study the impact of firm ownership in a differentiated industry. We find there is no effect on product differentiation and welfare due to ownership ratio change between private and state so long as the private (state) ownership in a partially state-owned firm remains at least half (less than half). However, when the private (state) ownership in the partially state-owned firm falls below half (rises more than half), the degree of product differentiation increases (decreases) whereas welfare decreases (increases) in the share of private (state) ownership; and thus the extent of private or state ownership matters. Copyright � 2007 The Authors; Journal compilation � 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd and The University of Manchester.

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Volume (Year): 75 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (03)
Pages: 210-217

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Handle: RePEc:bla:manchs:v:75:y:2007:i:2:p:210-217

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