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Productivity Growth and Firm Ownership: An Analytical and Empirical Investigation

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  • Ehrlich, Isaac
  • Georges Gallais-Hamonno
  • Zhiqiang Liu
  • Randall Lutter

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The authors focus on the effect of state versus private ownership on the rates of firm-specific productivity growth and cost decline by developing a model of endogenous, firm-specific productivity growth and testing its implications against panel data on twenty-three international airlines of varying levels of state ownership over the period 1973-83. Their model and empirical results show that state ownership can lower the long-run annual rate of productivity growth or cost decline but not necessarily their levels in the short run. The analysis offers new insights concerning the recent trend toward privatizing state-owned enterprises that has been observed in many countries. Copyright 1994 by University of Chicago Press.

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  • Ehrlich, Isaac & Georges Gallais-Hamonno & Zhiqiang Liu & Randall Lutter, 1994. "Productivity Growth and Firm Ownership: An Analytical and Empirical Investigation," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 102(5), pages 1006-1038, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucp:jpolec:v:102:y:1994:i:5:p:1006-38
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