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Does Privatization Foster Changes In The Quality Of Legal Institutions?

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  • Narjess Boubakri
  • Jean-Claude Cosset
  • Houcem Smaoui

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Abstract We analyze the effect of privatization on the quality of legal institutions of governance. Our findings suggest that large-scale privatization (in terms of progress and volume) increases the risk of corruption in developing countries but has no effect on the legal institutions of governance (i.e., law and order and investor protection). The method of privatization (public share issues versus private sales) helps curb corruption and improve the quality of law enforcement and of investor protection. In developed countries, the progress and volume of privatization reduce the risk of corruption, and the method of privatization enhances the quality of law enforcement. Copyright (c) 2009 The Southern Finance Association and the Southwestern Finance Association.

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  • Narjess Boubakri & Jean-Claude Cosset & Houcem Smaoui, 2009. "Does Privatization Foster Changes In The Quality Of Legal Institutions?," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 32(2), pages 169-197.
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