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How does government ownership affect firm performance? A simple model of privatization in transition economies

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  • Huang, Linqiang
  • Xiao, Sheng

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We present a game-theoretical model of privatization in transition economies. We consider the costs and benefits of government ownership and derive the net effect of government ownership on firm performance. Model predictions are consistent with empirical evidence in the literature.

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  • Huang, Linqiang & Xiao, Sheng, 2012. "How does government ownership affect firm performance? A simple model of privatization in transition economies," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 116(3), pages 480-482.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:116:y:2012:i:3:p:480-482
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2012.04.046
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    1. Ngo My Tran & Walter Nonneman & Ann Jorissen, 2014. "Government Ownership and Firm Performance: The Case of Vietnam," International Journal of Economics and Financial Issues, Econjournals, vol. 4(3).

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    Keywords

    Privatization; Government ownership; Firm performance;

    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation
    • P30 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - General

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