Performance of Australian Government Trading Enterprises: An Overview

Melbourne Institute Working Paper No. 22/98

Date: October 1998


Joanne Loundes


Assessing the performance of Government Trading Enterprises (GTEs) has become increasingly important in the context of the push towards privatisation. This paper provides an overview of GTE performance over the 5 years to 1996 using the IBIS Enterprise Database, following the method of analysing firm performance as outlined by the Steering Committee (1998). The bulk of the results are made up of a balanced panel of firms who were able to provide EBDIT figures over the five years to 1996. The results indicate that there are large differences in performance across firms, and more particularly, across industries.

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