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Privatization in Austria: Some theoretical reasons and performance measures

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The issues of privatization (and sometimes deregulation) have been reviewed in a large literature on the various aspects of privatization, that has emphasized the potential efficiency gains. Hence, we provide some theoretical reasoning why privatization is useful as well as profitable for an economy and empirically present the extent of privatization in Austria and other European Union countries. In order to assess the impact of privatization in Austria on economic performance, we observe cash flows, the employment performance, and the stock-exchange ratings of the privatized formerly state-owned enterprises.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Johannes Kepler University Linz, Austria in its series Economics working papers with number 2004-04.

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Keywords: Austria; Performance Measures; Privatization; Profitability; State-owned Enterprises;

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  1. Ansgar Belke & Albina Zenkić, 2007. "Exchange-rate Regimes and the Transition Process in the Western Balkans," Intereconomics: Review of European Economic Policy, Springer, vol. 42(5), pages 267-280, September.
  2. Ansgar Belke & Frank Baumgärtner & Friedrich Schneider & Ralph Setzer, 2005. "The Different Extent of Privatisation Proceeds in EU Countries: A Preliminary Explanation Using a Public Choice Approach," Diskussionspapiere aus dem Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der Universität Hohenheim 264/2005, Department of Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany.
  3. Christina Schneider, 2010. "Fighting with one hand tied behind the back: political budget cycles in the West German states," Public Choice, Springer, vol. 142(1), pages 125-150, January.
  4. Ansgar Belke & Friedrich Schneider, 2005. "Privatisation in Austria: Response to Internal and External Pressures," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 3(1), pages 26-32, 04.
  5. Ansgar Belke & Andreas Schaal, 2005. "Chance Osteuropa – Herausforderung für die Finanzdienstleistung," Diskussionspapiere aus dem Institut für Volkswirtschaftslehre der Universität Hohenheim 261/2005, Department of Economics, University of Hohenheim, Germany.

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