State-owned enterprises (SOEs) are important elements of many national economies.
They are also increasingly active internationally, which has led to renewed concerns
in recent years about whether their competitive conditions in home markets might adversely
impact “fair” competition with companies abroad. Many of the concerns held by national
policy makers and businesses surrounding foreign SOEs’ competitive conditions stem
from limited transparency and information on SOEs. This report seeks to bolster the
factual information base by presenting the main findings of the most comprehensive
and internationally comparable dataset currently available on the size, sectoral distribution
and corporate forms of national SOE sectors in 40 countries.