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Investor Protection and Corporate Valuation

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  • Rafael La porta

    (Harvard University,)

  • Florencio Lopez-De-Silanes

    (Yale University,)

  • Andrei Shleifer

    (Harvard University,)

  • Robert Vishny

    (University of Chicago)

Abstract

We present a model of the effects of legal protection of minority shareholders and of cash-flow ownership by a controlling shareholder on the valuation of firms. We then test this model using a sample of 539 large firms from 27 wealthy economies. Consistent with the model, we find evidence of higher valuation of firms in countries with better protection of minority shareholders and in firms with higher cash-flow ownership by the controlling shareholder. Copyright The American Finance Association 2002.

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  • Rafael La porta & Florencio Lopez-De-Silanes & Andrei Shleifer & Robert Vishny, 2002. "Investor Protection and Corporate Valuation," Journal of Finance, American Finance Association, vol. 57(3), pages 1147-1170, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfinan:v:57:y:2002:i:3:p:1147-1170
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    JEL classification:

    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G31 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Capital Budgeting; Fixed Investment and Inventory Studies

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