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Risk‐Taking Behavior And Management Ownership In Depository Institutions


  • Carl R. Chen
  • Thomas L. Steiner
  • Ann Marie Whyte


We examine the relation between risk and ownership structure among depository institutions. The empirical results provide evidence that the relation between managerial ownership and depository institution risk is negative and significant, suggesting that as managerial ownership increases the level of risk‐taking decreases. This finding, which supports a risk aversion hypothesis, is consistent across several market‐based risk measures. Furthermore, we document greater risk and greater risk aversion for savings institutions relative to commercial banks.

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  • Carl R. Chen & Thomas L. Steiner & Ann Marie Whyte, 1998. "Risk‐Taking Behavior And Management Ownership In Depository Institutions," Journal of Financial Research, Southern Finance Association;Southwestern Finance Association, vol. 21(1), pages 1-16, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:jfnres:v:21:y:1998:i:1:p:1-16

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