Journal Article

Privatization and Corporate Governance: Principles, Evidence, and Future Challenges

Alexander Dyck

in The World Bank Research Observer

Published on behalf of World Bank

Volume 16, issue 1, pages 59-84
Published in print May 2001 | ISSN: 0257-3032
Published online May 2001 | e-ISSN: 1564-6971 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/wbro/16.1.59
Privatization and Corporate Governance: Principles, Evidence, and Future Challenges

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Unless developing countries embrace a corporate governance perspective, privatization is unlikely to provide the benefits of improved performance with accountability. This article introduces the concept of governance chains that can constrain the grabbing hands of public and private actors by providing information and accountability mechanisms to help investors monitor managers. Empirical data on established firms from 49 countries provide estimates of the relative importance and strength of private and formal chains of governance. The framework and empirical benchmarks help explain the outcomes of past privatizations and suggest certain steps that governments can pursue to be sure to get the most out of future privatization activity.

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Subjects: Development Planning and Policy

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