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A Theory of Ownership Arrangements and Smooth Transition


  • Guoqiang Tian


This paper develops a theoretical model that determines the optimal ownership arrangement in an imperfect market and government institutional environment, especially in transitional economies. It studies the interdependence of institutional environments and ownership arrangements. The theory developed sheds some light on predicting how the transition from a command economy to a free market economy takes place. It shows that an ownership arrangement may not be changed effectively without changing economic and political institutional environments.

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  • Guoqiang Tian, 2001. "A Theory of Ownership Arrangements and Smooth Transition," Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics (JITE), Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen, vol. 157(3), pages 380-380, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:mhr:jinste:urn:sici:0932-4569(200109)157:3_380:atooaa_2.0.tx_2-4

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    Cited by:

    1. Boudewijn Bouckaert, 2007. "Bureaupreneurs in China: we did it our way," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 23(2), pages 169-195, April.
    2. Tong, Sarah Y., 2009. "Why privatize or why not? Empirical evidence from China's SOEs reform," China Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 20(3), pages 402-413, September.

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    JEL classification:

    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • L3 - Industrial Organization - - Nonprofit Organizations and Public Enterprise
    • P5 - Economic Systems - - Comparative Economic Systems


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