Randall Morck, Gloria Tian Business Groups in Canada: Their Rise and Fall, and Rise and Fall Again (01 Oct 2015) Available at ECGI: https://ecgi.global/working-paper/business-groups-canada-their-rise-and-fall-and-rise-and-fall-again
Family-controlled pyramidal business groups were important in Canada early in the 20th century, amid rapid catch-up industrialization, but largely gave way to widely held freestanding firms by mid-century. In the 1970s and early 1980s ? an era of high inflation, financial reversal, unprecedented state intervention, and explicit emulation of continental European institutions ?
pyramidal groups abruptly regained prominence. The largest of these were politically well-connected and highly leveraged. The two largest collapsed in the early 1990s in a recession characterized by very high real interest rates. The smaller groups that survived were more vertically integrated and less diversified at the time. Widely held freestanding firms and Anglo-Saxon concepts of the role of the state soon regained predominance.
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