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Institutions, economic liberalization and firm growth: evidence from European transition economies

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This article investigates the determinants of firm growth using a dataset matching firm-level data with country indicators of access to external finance, governance, and economic liberalization in ten European transition countries over the period 1996–2011. We find that the quality of state rebuilding after the collapse of communism matters. First, country governance adds something above the impact of a change in variables that proxy for access the external finance. Second, the results also show that economic liberalization has no direct effect on firm growth. Instead, its impact operates through country governance. The countries that benefit the most in terms of firm growth are those with higher than average country governance indicators. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Evgeni Peev, 2015. "Institutions, economic liberalization and firm growth: evidence from European transition economies," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 40(1), pages 149-174, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:ejlwec:v:40:y:2015:i:1:p:149-174
    DOI: 10.1007/s10657-014-9450-3
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    Keywords

    Firm performance; Country governance; Economic liberalization; Transition economies in Central and Eastern Europe; P31; H70; L50;

    JEL classification:

    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions
    • H70 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - General
    • L50 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy - - - General

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