DP2145 Ownership Concentration and Corporate Performance in the Czech Republic

Author(s): Stijn Claessens, Simeon Djankov
Publication Date: May 1999
Keyword(s): Czech Republic, Ownership Concentration
JEL(s): G32, G34
Programme Areas: Industrial Organization, Transition Economics
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The relationship between ownership structure and corporate performance has been the subject of intense research in both transition and market economies. The Czech Republic's mass-privatization program provides an unique opportunity to investigate this relationship. It changed the ownership of firms in a short period of time, and firm characteristics had only a limited influence on the resulting ownership structure. For a cross-section of 706 Czech firms over the period 1992 through 1997, we find that the more concentrated ownership, the higher firm profitability and labor productivity. These findings are weakly robust to the inclusion of control variables for the type of ownership, or to a correction for the endogeneity of ownership concentration.