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Privatization in East Germany

Hans-Werner Sinn

NBER Working Paper No. 3998
Issued in February 1992

This paper is a critical review of east German privatization policy. It is argued that the restitution of old property rights has been a major obstacle to investment and that the attempt to sell two thirds of an economy in the market place is bound to be a failure. Such an attempt implies serious macro and microeconomic stock-flow problems which erode the sales prices of Treuhand assets, induce the Treuhand to slow down its sales, and reduce private investment. By combining a participation model with a wage freeze the paper designs a social contract that may help increase the chances of economic recovery in east Germany.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w3998

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  • Public Finance, 47, (supp.), 1992, pp. 152-171 ("Public Finance in a World of Transition") supplement
  • Sinn, Hans-Werner, 1992. "Privatization in East Germany," Public Finance = Finances publiques, , vol. 47(Supplemen), pages 152-71. citation courtesy of

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