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Restructuring in privatised firms: A Statis approach

  • Figueiredo, Adelaide
  • Figueiredo, Fernanda
  • Monteiro, Natália P.
  • Straume, Odd Rune

We analyse the dynamics and evolution of the corporate restructuring process in the Portuguese banking sector, where 10 banks were privatised during the period 1989–1996. We apply a novel methodological approach in this context, using a multidimensional measure of restructuring that links product and labour market variables. We find evidence of considerable heterogeneity in the restructuring process, where firms adjust at different speeds and intensities. We also find that the wage level is by far the firm attribute that changed more, which is shown to reflect substantial changes in terms of composition, and not size, of the workforce. Our empirical evidence also suggests that privatisation is associated with a higher level of rent sharing.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

Volume (Year): 23 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 108-116

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Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:23:y:2012:i:1:p:108-116
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