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Privatisation in Developing Countries: Performance and Ownership Effects


  • Narjess Boubakri
  • Jean-Claude Cosset
  • Omrane Guedhami


Over the last twenty years, privatisation, defined as the transfer of public assets (firms) from the government to private investors, has been on the reform agenda of more than 120 developing countries. The switch of ownership induces major changes in the corporate governance of firms, and in their incentives to restructure and improve efficiency and performance. This article evaluates this experience, focusing on its impact on corporate performance and governance, identifying several issues yet to be resolved. Copyright (c) The Authors 2008. Journal compilation (c) 2008 Overseas Development Institute..

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  • Narjess Boubakri & Jean-Claude Cosset & Omrane Guedhami, 2008. "Privatisation in Developing Countries: Performance and Ownership Effects," Development Policy Review, Overseas Development Institute, vol. 26(3), pages 275-308, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:devpol:v:26:y:2008:i:3:p:275-308

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