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Emerging institutional order? National Investment Funds in Poland

By M. Aluchna

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This paper analyses the mass privatisation programme (MPP) implemented in Poland in the mid-1990s from the perspective of transition reforms and the development of corporate governance systems. Although the programme covered only 512 companies the collected evidence provides a unique opportunity to compare the Polish MPP to the schemes implemented in other post-socialist economies of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Russia as well as to other privatisation methods applied in Poland. The Polish MPP created intermediaries in the form of National Investment Funds (NIF), which were granted the leading and minor status in the ownership of their portfolio companies. The clear ownership and the incentive structure appeared to be important mechanisms that helped minimse the control vacuum and stimulated restructuring and privatisation of the portfolio companies. Despite the restructuring efforts the financial results remain relatively blurred and the performance of privatised companies as well and the funds appear to be disappointing

Publisher: School of Slavonic and East European Studies, UCL
Year: 2008
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.ucl.ac.uk.OAI2:16351
Provided by: UCL Discovery

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