Article Title

Hybrid Forms of Enterprise Organization in the Former USSR and the Russian Federation

Type of Work

Article

Date

Spring 1993

Journal Title

Comparative Economic Studies

Journal ISSN

0888-7233

Journal Volume

35

Journal Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

37

DOI

10.1057/ces.1993.1

Abstract

This paper develops a typology of enterprise organizations, and presents evidence on the nature and scope of several new hybrid forms introduced into the Soviet economy during perestroika, focusing on the four most significant: cooperatives, leased firms, joint stock companies, and joint ventures. The role, impact, and implications of these organizational forms are examined using several quantitative indicators of the overall structure of economic organization, as well as data on key features and regional incidence. Evidence on diverse issues, including the comparative performance of different organizational forms and the effects of some of the new forms on income distribution, is presented; we find some evidence of relatively successful performance by several of the hybrid forms of enterprise. In a concluding section we speculate on possible implications of our findings for plans to transform state enterprises into fully private enterprises.

Notes

JEL Classification: P31

Hamilton Areas of Study

Economics

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