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Foreign Investor Participation in Privatizations: does the Institutional Environment Matter?

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  • Narjess Boubakri
  • Jean-Claude Cosset
  • Omrane Guedhami
  • Mohammed Omran

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Using a two-stage estimation procedure, we examine the determinants of foreign investors' participation in the privatization process of developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the role of the institutional environment. First, we estimate the probability that foreign investors target privatized firms in a given country. We show that an investor-friendly institutional environment which protects shareholders' rights favors foreign investors' participation. Foreigners also prefer large firms from high growth economies and socially stable countries with low political risk. Second, we restrict our analysis to those firms that foreign investors actually choose. We show that the use of private sales is a key determinant of foreign investors' stake in a privatized firm.

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  • Narjess Boubakri & Jean-Claude Cosset & Omrane Guedhami & Mohammed Omran, 2004. "Foreign Investor Participation in Privatizations: does the Institutional Environment Matter?," Cahiers de recherche 0405, CIRPEE.
  • Handle: RePEc:lvl:lacicr:0405
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    Keywords

    Privatization; Foreign participation; Institutions;

    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance

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