Voucher Privatization


Boycko, Maxim, Andrei Shleifer, and Robert W Vishny. 1994. “Voucher Privatization.” Journal of Financial Economics 35 (2): 249-266.
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Several Eastern European countries have initiated mass privatization programs to transfer state-owned assets to the genera; population. We show that the decision to pursue mass privatization and even the specific design of the programs are largely dictated by politics. Nonetheless, politically feasible programs can also be made attractive from an economic standpoint in terms of maximizing value, fostering free and efficient markets, and promoting corporate governance. In general, the design of economic institutions is critically shaped by political factors, although satisfactory economic results can be achieved in spite of political constraints.

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