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Why Ownership Matters?: Politicization and Entrepreneurship in the Restructuring of Enterprises in Central Europe

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  • Frydman, R.
  • Hessel, M.
  • Rapaczynski, A.

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This paper, base on a study of mid-sized firms in the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland, examines the sources of performance differences between state and privatized firms, particularly those that may be due to politicization and differences in the degree of entreprenurship. The paper presents empirical evidence that politicization of decision making is responsible for the observed inefficiencies in the cost behavior of state enterprises, but does not explain their inferior revenue performance, which is independent of the degree of state involvement.

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  • Frydman, R. & Hessel, M. & Rapaczynski, A., 1998. "Why Ownership Matters?: Politicization and Entrepreneurship in the Restructuring of Enterprises in Central Europe," Working Papers 98-14, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University.
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    1. Frydman, Roman & Gray, Cheryl & Hessel, Marek & Rapaczynski, Andrzej, 1997. "Private Ownership and Corporate Performance: Some Lessons from Transition Economies," Working Papers 97-28, C.V. Starr Center for Applied Economics, New York University.
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    1. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in France," MPRA Paper 27056, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise performance, privatization and the role of ownership in Austria," MPRA Paper 27053, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    3. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Poland," MPRA Paper 27062, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    4. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise performance, privatization and the role of ownership in Bulgaria," MPRA Paper 27054, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Meyer, Andrew & Pac, Grzegorz, 2013. "Environmental performance of state-owned and privatized eastern European energy utilities," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 205-214.
    6. Alan Bevan & Saul Estrin & Mark E. Schaffer, 1999. "Determinants of Enterprise Performance during Transition," CERT Discussion Papers 9903, Centre for Economic Reform and Transformation, Heriot Watt University.
    7. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise performance, privatization and the role of ownership in Belgium," MPRA Paper 27051, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    8. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in the Netherlands," MPRA Paper 27067, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    9. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Italy," MPRA Paper 27059, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    10. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Norway," MPRA Paper 27060, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    11. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in the UK," MPRA Paper 27065, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    12. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Portugal," MPRA Paper 27063, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    13. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise performance, privatization and the role of ownership in Germany," MPRA Paper 27057, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    14. Jana Fidrmucova, 2000. "Channels of Restructuring in Privatized Czech Companies," Econometric Society World Congress 2000 Contributed Papers 1358, Econometric Society.
    15. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Sweden," MPRA Paper 27066, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    16. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Denmark," MPRA Paper 27064, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    17. Tatahi, Motasam, 2010. "Enterprise performance, privatization and the role of ownership in Finland," MPRA Paper 27055, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    18. Motasam Tatahi, 2012. "Enterprise Performance, Privatization and the Role of Ownership in Bulgaria," South-Eastern Europe Journal of Economics, Association of Economic Universities of South and Eastern Europe and the Black Sea Region, vol. 10(2), pages 131-153.

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    Keywords

    OWNERSHIP ; PRIVATIZATION ; HUMAN CAPITAL;

    JEL classification:

    • P10 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - General
    • P12 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Capitalist Enterprises
    • P17 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Performance and Prospects

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