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The debt wish: Rent seeking by business groups and the structure of corporate borrowing in India

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  • Sumit Majumdar
  • Kunal Sen

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Business groups play an important role in emerging economies. The transactions cost perspective, which has dominated our understanding of such groups, argues that the emergence of business groups is a natural response to market failures in developing countries. In this paper, we propose an alternate theoretical perspective – the rent-seeking view – that takes these groups as engaging in coordinated lobbying for the capture of rents created by governments. We develop and implement an empirical strategy to test for the rent-seeking view drawing from the property rights theory of corporate finance. We find strong empirical support for the rent-seeking view using a large cross-sectional data-set of firms in India. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 2007

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Volume (Year): 130 (2007)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 209-223

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Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:130:y:2007:i:1:p:209-223

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Keywords: Business groups; Rent-seeking; Transactions cost; Indian industry;

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Cited by:
  1. Sumit Majumdar & Deepak Datta, 2009. "Foreign ownership and firm scope in India," European Journal of Law and Economics, Springer, vol. 27(1), pages 39-52, February.
  2. Sumit Majumdar & Kunal Sen, 2010. "Corporate borrowing and profitability in India," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 31(1), pages 33-45.

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