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Effect of the Czech Firms Break-Up on their Profitability and Productivity

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  • Evžen Kočenda
  • Jan Hanousek

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In this article we analyze medium- and long-term effects of firm break-up (and subsequent change in ownership) on its profitability and productivity. We use an extensive data-set of the Czech firms for the period 1996-2005. We employ the propensity score based matching methodology to account for potential endogeneity. Our results show that initial effects of the firm break-up are positive but they vanish in five to seven years after the break-up. Hence, the break-up of large and less efficient companies delivers a positive effect on corporate performance for a period of time. The effect is not permanent, though. Subsequent development in profitability and productivity is likely affected by ownership structure, corporate governance and other micro-level factors.

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Article provided by University of Economics, Prague in its journal Politická ekonomie.

Volume (Year): 2011 (2011)
Issue (Month): 5 ()
Pages: 579-598

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Handle: RePEc:prg:jnlpol:v:2011:y:2011:i:5:id:809:p:579-598

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Keywords: propensity score matching procedure; privatization; ownership changes; endogeneity; emerging markets; corporate performance; break-up of firms;

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