Can Restructuring Gains Be Sustained Without Ownership Changes? Evidence From Withdrawn Privatizations
52 Pages Posted: 4 Aug 2018 Last revised: 25 Jul 2019
Date Written: July 24, 2019
By employing a novel, hand-collected sample of withdrawn and completed share issue privatizations (SIPs) we show that both groups undergo comparable restructuring processes over the three years preceding the event. We employ a matching procedure to explicitly control for the identified restructuring effect, isolating the ultimate consequences of the ownership transfer from political to private investors on corporate policies and performance. We find that, absent the ownership transfer, most of the gains realized during the restructuring process are re-absorbed over the post-treatment period. Results are robust to the use of instrumental variables, indicating that the transition from state to private ownership represents a necessary condition for the long-term success of privatization programs.
Keywords: Privatization, International Financial Markets, Government Policy and Regulation
JEL Classification: G32, G38, G15
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