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Labor protection and government control: Evidence from privatized firms

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  • Ben-Nasr, Hamdi
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    In this paper, we examine whether labor protection determines the decision to retain a golden share in privatized firms. Using a sample of firms privatized in developing and industrialized countries, we find a negative relation between the likelihood of observing a golden share and labor protection. However, we find that this relation does not hold in the post-financial crisis period, suggesting that the recent crisis is associated with an increase in government control. Furthermore, we show that privatized firms in countries with strong labor protection are penalized with a higher cost of equity. Overall, our results underline the importance of labor protection for an important government control mechanism, namely golden shares, as well as for equity financing costs of privatized firms.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economic Modelling.

    Volume (Year): 52 (2016)
    Issue (Month): PB ()
    Pages: 485-498

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ecmode:v:52:y:2016:i:pb:p:485-498
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econmod.2015.09.029
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