Revisiting Privatization and Economic Growth in Malaysia: An Empirical Examination

Lai, Fong Woon and Shad, Muhammad Kashif and Chow, Yeong Yoon and Wei, Chin Yi (2018) Revisiting Privatization and Economic Growth in Malaysia: An Empirical Examination. In: International Conference on Leadership and Management 2018, 13-15 August, Kuala Lampur.

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The rapid expansion of the public sector’s investment in the early 1970s and 1980s in
Malaysia had resulted in a bloated bureaucracy, inefficiency, high costs and low productivity. The
emergence of privatization policy in Malaysia aimed to reduce the financial burden of government,
increase the level of efficiency and productivity, increase firm’s revenue, improve the country’s fiscal
position and encourage foreign direct investment. Nevertheless, some privatization initiatives are
controversial. This paper re- examines the relationship between privatization and economic growth in
Malaysia. Two sets of annual macro- economic data from 1984 to 1990 and 2009 to 2015 were used.
Descriptive and frequency analysis was used to test the hypothesized relationship between
privatization program and its impact on the nation’s macroeconomic benefits namely GDP growth, job
creation as well as FDI inflows. By looking at the economic data sets, this paper found that the
influence of p

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Departments / MOR / COE: Departments > Management & Humanities
Depositing User: Dr. Fong-Woon Lai
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2019 02:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2019 02:33

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