Privatization Methods and Productivity Effects in Romanian Industrial Enterprises
W.E. Upjohn Institute Staff Working Paper No. 02-81
47 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2002
Date Written: April 2002
Comprehensive panel data on privatization transactions and labor productivity in Romanian industrial corporations are used to describe the post-privatization ownership structure, and to estimate the effect of Romania's diverse privatization policies on firm performance. The econometric results show consistently positive, highly significant effects of private ownership on labor productivity growth, the point estimates implying an increased 1.0 to 1.7 percentage growth for a 10 percent rise in private shareholding. The strongest estimated impacts are associated with sales to outside blockholders; insider transfers and mass privatization are estimated to have significantly smaller-although still positive-effects on firm performance.
Keywords: Romania, privatization, industry, Earle, Telegdy, Upjohn
JEL Classification: G32, G34, L32, L33, P20, P31
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