Ownership

Working Paper

16 April 2018

Loyalty Shares with Tenure Voting - Does the Default Rule Matter? Evidence from the Loi Florange Experiment

The contractual theory of the firm predicts that companies adopt charters that maximise firm value, regardless of the default rule. We test this proposition around an exogenous switch of the default from one share-one vote to tenure...

Marco Becht | Yuliya Kamisarenka | Anete Pajuste
11 September 2018

Who’s Paying Attention? Measuring Common Ownership and Its Impact on Managerial Incentives

We derive a measure that captures the extent to which common ownership shifts managers’ incentives to internalize externalities. A key feature of the measure is that it allows for the possibility that not all investors are attentive...

Erik P. Gilje | Todd Gormley | Doron Levit
29 January 2019

Shareholder Wealth Consequences of Insider Pledging of Company Stock as Collateral for Personal Loans

We study a wide-spread yet unexplored corporate governance phenomenon: the pledging of company stock by insiders as collateral for personal bank loans. Utilizing a regulatory change that exogenously decreases pledging, we document...

Ronald Masulis | Ying Dou | Jason Zein
20 December 2018

Why Are Firms with More Managerial Ownership Worth Less?

Using more than 50,000 firm-years from 1988 to 2015, we show that the empirical relation between a firm’s Tobin’s q and managerial ownership is systematically negative. When we restrict our sample to larger firms as in the prior...

Kornelia Fabisik | Ruediger Fahlenbrach | René Stulz | Jérôme Taillard
01 June 2007

Pension Reform, Ownership Structure, and Corporate Governance: Evidence from a Natural Experiment

Sweden offers a unique natural experiment to analyze the microeconomic effects of institutionalized saving on ownership structure, corporate governance and performance of listed companies. First, the Swedish pension reform...

Mariassunta Giannetti | Luc Laeven

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