Title

Full privatization through controlling rights transfer in China: The extent of its success

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

5-1-2013

Abstract

This article investigates the effect of the second step of privatization in China, which is full privatization through controlling rights transfer after share issue partial privatization. It finds that fully privatized firms perform worse than state-controlled enterprises. Expropriation by private block shareholders is greater than that by state block shareholders. Furthermore, increase in expropriation is negatively related to performance change. The results suggest that full privatization may not yield the expected efficiency gains in transition economies with weak legal system. They also emphasize the importance of preventing private block shareholders from exploiting minority shareholders in the process of full privatization. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Title

Applied Economics

Volume

45

Issue

14

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