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CEO ownership and firm value

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  • John M. Griffith

    (School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, USA)

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    This paper examines the hypothesis that the amount of CEO ownership has a dominating effect on the value of the firm. Using a diverse sample of firms, firm value as measured by Tobin's q is found to be a nonmonotonic function of CEO ownership. Specifically, Tobin's q rises when the CEO owns between 0 and 15% and declines as CEO ownership increases to 50%. Beyond 50%, the value starts to rise. Firm value also is found not to be a function of management ownership when CEO ownership is separated out, indicating that CEO ownership does have a dominating effect on firm value. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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    Article provided by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. in its journal Managerial and Decision Economics.

    Volume (Year): 20 (1999)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 1-8

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    Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:20:y:1999:i:1:p:1-8

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