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The Decision to Privatize: Finance and Politics

Nandini Gupta

Indiana University - Kelley School of Business

Serdar Dinc

Rutgers University

February 17, 2010

Journal of Finance, Forthcoming

We investigate the influence of political and financial factors on the decision to privatize government-owned firms using firm-level data from India. We find that the government significantly delays privatization in regions where the governing party faces more competition from opposition parties. This result is robust to firm-specific factors and regional characteristics. The results also suggest that political patronage is important as no government-owned firm located in the home state of the minister in charge is ever privatized. Using political variables as an instrument for the endogenous privatization decision, we find that privatization has a positive impact on firm performance.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 47

Keywords: Government Ownership, Political Economy, Emerging Markets, Economic Reform, State-Owned Enterprise, Interest Groups, IPO

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Date posted: February 28, 2005 ; Last revised: March 9, 2010

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Gupta, Nandini and Dinc, Serdar, The Decision to Privatize: Finance and Politics (February 17, 2010). Journal of Finance, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=735763

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