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Ownership Concentration, Corporate Control Activity, and Firm Value: Evidence from the Death of Inside Blockholders


  • Slovin, Myron B
  • Sushka, Marie E


The authors analyze how ownership concentration affects firm value and control of public companies by examining effects of deaths of inside blockholders. They find shareholder wealth increases, ownership concentration falls, and extensive corporate control activity ensues. Share price responses are related to the deceased's equity stake. Control group holdings fall for two-thirds of the firms due to either the estate's dispersal or inheritors selling stock. A majority of firms become targets of control bids: three-quarters of bids are successful; one-third are hostile. The authors' evidence is broadly consistent with Stulz's (1988) model of the relationship between ownership concentration and firm value. Copyright 1993 by American Finance Association.

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  • Slovin, Myron B & Sushka, Marie E, 1993. "Ownership Concentration, Corporate Control Activity, and Firm Value: Evidence from the Death of Inside Blockholders," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 48(4), pages 1293-1321, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:48:y:1993:i:4:p:1293-1321

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