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Privatization and Labour. What Happens to Workers When Governments Divest?

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  • Kikeri, S.
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    Countries the world over have launched ambitious privatization programs to improve the efficiency of state enterprises, free up resources for social services, and mobilize capital for expansion and modernization. A universal concern in this process is the effect privatization has on labor. Many observers fear that privatization will cause major job losses as new owners of privatized firms shed excess labor to improve efficiency and as divesting governments cut the workforce to prepare for privatization.

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    Paper provided by World Bank - Technical Papers in its series Papers with number 396.

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    Length: 46 pages
    Date of creation: 1998
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    Handle: RePEc:fth:wobate:396

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    Keywords: PRIVATIZATION ; LABOUR ; WORKERS;

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    1. J. David Brown & John S. Earle & Almos Telegdy, 2005. "Does Privatization Hurt Workers? Lessons from Comprehensive Manufacturing Firm Panel Data in Hungary, Romania, Russia, and Ukraine," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 05-125, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
    2. Esteban Jaimovich & Juan Pablo Rud, 2009. "Excessive Public Employment and Rent-Seeking Traps," Carlo Alberto Notebooks 118, Collegio Carlo Alberto.
    3. John S. Earle & Álmos Telegdy, 2007. "Ownership and Wages: Estimating Public-Private and Foreign-Domestic Differentials using LEED from Hungary, 1986-2003," NBER Working Papers 12997, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Operations Evaluation Department, 2005. "Evaluating a Decade of World Bank Gender Policy : 1990-99," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 7375, October.
    5. Asiedu, Kofi Fred & Folmer, Henk, 2007. "Does Privatization Improve Job Satisfaction? The Case of Ghana," World Development, Elsevier, vol. 35(10), pages 1779-1795, October.
    6. World Bank, 2005. "Azerbaijan : Enterprise Restructuring and Labor Redeployment, Volume 1, Main Report," World Bank Other Operational Studies 8751, The World Bank.
    7. World Bank, 2006. "Approaches to Private Participation in Water Services : A Toolkit," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 6982, October.
    8. Clive Harris, 2003. "Private Participation in Infrastructure in Developing Countries : Trends, Impacts, and Policy Lessons," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15124, October.
    9. John S. Earle & Almos Telegdy, 2007. "Ownership and Wages: Estimating Public-Private and Foreign-Domestic Differentials with LEED from Hungary, 1986–2003," Upjohn Working Papers and Journal Articles 07-134, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.
    10. World Bank, 2003. "The Russian Labor Market : Moving from Crisis to Recovery," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15007, October.
    11. Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility, 2004. "Labor Issues in Infrastructure Reform : A Toolkit, Module 1," World Bank Publications, The World Bank, number 15020, October.

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