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Privatization of Corporations in Uzbekistan in Comparison with Transition Economies of Central and Eastern Europe


  • Kakhkharov, Jakhongir


The demise of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the USSR signaled a rush to privatization in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. The governments of these countries are trying to privatize i.e. transfer state-owned-and-operated enterprises to private owners and/or managers in order to create a viable private sector, capital markets and other institutions and processes, which describe a free market capitalist system. However, the pace of privatization has not been the same across the board. Whereas some of the Central and Eastern European countries are considered to be far ahead in privatization process, Uzbekistan lags behind their former peers from socialist camp – Czech and Slovak Republics, Hungary, Poland, Estonia and some others . This paper argues that despite the fact that there were similarities at the starting point of transition, the differences in initial conditions and reform agenda of governments in Central Eastern Europe and Uzbekistan accounted for Uzbekistan’s slower pace of privatization.

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  • Kakhkharov, Jakhongir, 2003. "Privatization of Corporations in Uzbekistan in Comparison with Transition Economies of Central and Eastern Europe," MPRA Paper 64129, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:64129

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    1. de Melo, Martha & Denizer, Cevdet & Gelb, Alan, 1996. "Patterns of Transition from Plan to Market," World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Group, vol. 10(3), pages 397-424, September.
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    4. Pomfret, R & Anderson, K-H, 1997. "Uzbekistan : Welfare Impact of Slow Transition," Research Paper 135, World Institute for Development Economics Research.
    5. Oleh Havrylyshyn & Donal McGettigan, 1999. "Privatization in Transition Countries; A Sampling of the Literature," IMF Working Papers 99/6, International Monetary Fund.
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    Privatization; Uzbekistan; Transition; Economic Reforms;

    JEL classification:

    • P26 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Systems and Transition Economies - - - Political Economy
    • P31 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Socialist Enterprises and Their Transitions


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