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Corporate Ownership and Performance. Going Public versus Going Private in Europe

  • Franz R. Hahn


  • Peter Egger


This paper conducts an in-depth analysis of the impact of acquisitions, initial public offerings and management buyouts on productivity and profitability of a large sample of Europe-based manufacturing companies covering the period from 1996 to 2005. At the center of our analysis is the perception that the performance evaluation of governance-related activities in the business sector such as ownership changes is similar in spirit to the assessment of treatment effects in the evaluation literature. We use propensity score matching techniques in order to resolve the missing data and the selection problem and find evidence corroborating the view that efficiency gains are strongest for those ownership changes that establish corporate governance structures with low principal-agent costs.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 19 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:wfo:wpaper:y:2010:i:358
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  1. Sascha Becker & Peter Egger, 2013. "Endogenous product versus process innovation and a firm’s propensity to export," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(1), pages 329-354, February.
  2. Deborah A. Cobb-Clark & Thomas Crossley, 2003. "Econometrics for Evaluations: An Introduction to Recent Developments," The Economic Record, The Economic Society of Australia, vol. 79(247), pages 491-511, December.
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