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The Enterprise Isolation Program in Russia

Simeon Djankov ()

No 228, William Davidson Institute Working Papers Series from William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan

Abstract: We provide comprehensive analysis of the isolation program for financially distressed firms in Romania. The results indicate that the isolation program did not deliver any tangible improvements in operational performance, nor did it enhance the process of privatization or liquidation of large loss-making enterprises. Firms included in the program faced softer budget constraints than their comparators outside the program, and few management changes in poorly performing firms took place. These findings question the feasibility of creating successful programs for enterprise restructuring under government auspices.

Keywords: isolation program; financial distress (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G33 G34 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 1999-04-01
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