DP4144 Investment, Wages and Ownership During the Transition to a Market Economy: Evidence from Slovenian Firms

Author(s): Janez Prasnikar, Jan Svejnar
Publication Date: December 2003
Keyword(s): investment, ownership, restructuring, wages
JEL(s): C33, D92, J50, P20
Programme Areas: Transition Economics, Institutions and Economic Performance
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Given the concern about restructuring and the role of insiders during the transition, we analyse the determinants of (and trade-off between) investment and wages in Slovenian firms. We find that investment behaviour is more consistent with the imperfect capital market (internal funds) hypothesis than with the neoclassical or accelerator models. Firms also display a trade-off between investment and wages, and workers share in firms? surplus and appropriate funds that are supposed to be used for depreciation investment. Most findings are consistent with the principal theoretical models of restructuring. The models, however, underestimate the power of (elite) managers to restrain worker demands and overestimate this power on the part of external owners.