Unorthodox Ownership and Governance Structures in East Asia

Sun, L. (1998). Unorthodox Ownership and Governance Structures in East Asia. IIASA Research Report (Reprint). IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RR-98-011. Reprinted from MOCT-MOST, 8(1):33-62 [1998].

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This study examines the unorthodox ownership and governance structures which are emerging among firms, and the way these structures are supporting the remarkable economies in the transition economies of East Asia, as represented particularly in China and Vietnam. These economies have embarked on a distinctive process of property rights reform that resists widespread privatization in favor of evolutionary transformation.

Following a brief description of the "evolutionary puzzle" in transition economies of East Asia, this paper covers issues such as the evolutionary perspectives of organizations and property rights as a bundle of rights. Section 3 examines the reform of property rights in the state-owned enterprise (SOE) sector in China, Vietnam and Laos, and evaluates the impact of the reform on the performance of SOEs. Section 4 describes the features of the ownership and governance structures of township and village enterprises (TVEs) in China, and analyses the importance of these features for liability and incentives. Section 5 examines the ambiguities of property rights arrangements among private enterprises in these economies and outlines the comparative benefits and costs. Section 6 presents a summary of the features of heterodox ownership and governance structures and then explores the distinction between "ownership of the asset" and "ownership of the firm" and the perspective of thinking the latter as "state-contingent ownership."

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Report (Reprint))
Research Programs: Modeling Land-Use and Land-Cover Changes (LUC)
Bibliographic Reference: Reprinted from MOCT-MOST; 8(1):33-62 [1998]
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 02:10
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:16

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