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Banks, Finance and Investment in West Germany since 1970

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  • Edwards, Jeremy

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The paper addresses the following questions. Does bank lending comprise a relatively large amount of finance for investment in Germany, and, if so, is this a consequence of bank representation on companies' supervisory boards (which, it is argued, reduces information asymmetries)? How strong is the degree of control of equity voting rights exerted by banks? To what extent does bank representation on supervisory boards constrain managements in such a way that internal efficiency is ensured? The analysis of this paper for in the period 1970-85 casts some doubt on the argument that German banks are an important factor in good German economic performance.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 497.

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Date of creation: Jan 1991
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Handle: RePEc:cpr:ceprdp:497

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Keywords: Banking; Corporate Finance; Equity Voting Rights; Investment; West Germany;

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Cited by:
  1. Thorne, Alfredo, 1992. "Issues in reforming financial systems in Eastern Europe : the case of Bulgaria," Policy Research Working Paper Series 882, The World Bank.
  2. La Porta, Rafael & Lopez-de-Silanes, Florencio & Schleifer, Andrei & Vishny, Robert, 2001. "Investor Protection and Corporate Governance," Working Paper Series rwp01-017, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
  3. Buch, Claudia M., 1993. "An institutional approach to banking reform in Eastern Europe," Kiel Working Papers 560, Kiel Institute for the World Economy.
  4. Irena Grosfeld, 1994. "Comparing Financial Systems. Problems of Information and Control in Economies in Transition," CASE Network Studies and Analyses 0026, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research.

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