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Firm survival in new EU member states

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  • Eduard Baumohl

    () (Národná banka Slovenska, Bratislava)

  • Ichiro Iwasaki

    () (Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University, Tokyo, Japan)

  • Evžen Koèenda

    () (Institute of Economic Studies, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)

Abstract

We analyze firm survival determinants in four new European Union member states (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia). We employ the Cox proportional hazards model on firm-level data for the period of 2006 to 2015. We show that in all four countries, less concentrated control of large shareholders, higher solvency, and more board directors are linked with the increased probability of firm survival. However, an excessive number of board directors has a detrimental effect. Firms with foreign owners and higher returns on their assets exhibit better survival chances. Conversely, across countries and industries, larger firms and those hiring international auditors have lower probabilities of survival. A number of specific determinants influence firm survival in different ways, emphasizing the importance of country and industry differences when studying firm survival. We also document that in an economic sense, determinants associated with the legal form, ownership structure and corporate governance show the most beneficial effects with respect to firm survival.

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  • Eduard Baumohl & Ichiro Iwasaki & Evžen Koèenda, "undated". "Firm survival in new EU member states," Working and Discussion Papers WP 4/2019, Research Department, National Bank of Slovakia.
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    firm survival; new EU member states; survival and exit determinants; hazards model;

    JEL classification:

    • D22 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Firm Behavior: Empirical Analysis
    • G01 - Financial Economics - - General - - - Financial Crises
    • G33 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Bankruptcy; Liquidation
    • G34 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Mergers; Acquisitions; Restructuring; Corporate Governance
    • P34 - Economic Systems - - Socialist Institutions and Their Transitions - - - Finance

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