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An empirical analysis of the 2000 corporate tax reform in Germany: Effects on ownership and control in listed companies

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This paper is a first attempt to analyse the implications of the 2000 corporate tax reform on ownership concentration in Germany. The empirical results document a fall in ownership concentration and a decrease in the power of top institutional owners including the big banks. Hence, the description of German corporate governance as a bank-based system may no longer apply. However, even though the corporate tax reform had a significant effect on ownership concentration and on the power of the top-institutional blockholders, the change in the corporate income tax law did not revolutionise German corporate governance. Ownership concentration in 2005 is still high compared to the Anglo-American economies and an active market for corporate control is not observed.

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  • Weber, Anke, 2009. "An empirical analysis of the 2000 corporate tax reform in Germany: Effects on ownership and control in listed companies," International Review of Law and Economics, Elsevier, vol. 29(1), pages 57-66, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:irlaec:v:29:y:2009:i:1:p:57-66
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    Keywords

    Voting-block statistics Blockholders Corporate control;

    JEL classification:

    • G30 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - General
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • G38 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Government Policy and Regulation

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