New Zealand State-Owned Enterprises: Is State-Ownership Detrimental to Firm Performance?
New Zealand Economic Papers, 52(2), 170-184. https://doi.org/10.1080/00779954.2016.1272626
Posted: 15 Feb 2022
Date Written: 2018
This study examines the performance of State-owned enterprises by conducting a contemporary examination in the New Zealand environment. Applying both a cross-sectional and time-series approach, we document significant and consistent evidence that state ownership is negatively associated with firm profitability compared to private ownership. We also find evidence suggesting that state ownership is positively associated with asset turnover and labour intensity, but not associated with labour turnover. This implies that SOEs on average experience a higher asset turnover due to excessive labour employment, compared to private firms. Full paper available at https://doi.org/10.1080/00779954.2016.1272626
Keywords: State-owned enterprises, privatisation, performance, profitability, operating efficiency
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