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The Determinants of Privatised Enterprise Performance in Russia

  • Saul Estrin

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  • Alan A. Bevan
  • Boris Kuznetsov
  • Mark E. Schaffer
  • Manuela Angelucci
  • Julian Fennema
  • Giovanni Mangiarotti

Using data from a large enterprise-level panel designed to address this issue, we account for enterprise performance in Russia. We link performance to four aspects of the economic environment: enterprise ownership; corporate governance; market structures and competition; and financial constraints. We conclude that private ownership and improved performance are not correlated, though restructuring is positively associated with the competitiveness of the market environment. These findings on private ownership support those of previous studies, e.g. Earle and Estrin (1997). Moreover, we find evidence that financially unconstrained firms are better in their undertaking of restructuring measures then financially constrained firms. Further analysis suggests that causality runs from restructuring to financial constraint, rather than the reverse. Finally, our findings indicate strong complementarities between the four factors influencing improved company performance, confirming the view that these factors need to be considered jointly.

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Paper provided by William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in its series William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series with number 452.

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Length: 117 pages
Date of creation: 01 Jun 2001
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Handle: RePEc:wdi:papers:2002-452
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