Privatization in Transition Countries : A Sampling of the Literature

Author/Editor:

Oleh Havrylyshyn ; Donal McGettigan

Publication Date:

January 1, 1999

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Summary:

This paper reviews a selection of studies on privatization experiences in transition countries. Empirical studies almost invariably show privatized enterprises outperform state enterprises. Moreover, the literature identifies de novo firms as being clearly the best performers, followed by outsider-dominated firms, while insider-dominated firms are the least efficient among those newly privatized. The importance of de novo firms in enlarging the private sector in transition economies is reviewed, along with the question of whether privatization efforts support or hinder de novo private sector development. Finally, the paper discusses the importance of providing a suitable market environment for successful private-sector development.

Series:

Working Paper No. 99/6

English

Publication Date:

January 1, 1999

ISBN/ISSN:

9781451842272/1018-5941

Stock No:

WPIEA0061999

Price:

$15.00 (Academic Rate:$15.00)

Format:

Paper

Pages:

44

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