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Entre familia y amigos: la elección de la estructura de propiedad corporativa


  • Ramón A. Castillo Ponce

    (Universidad Autónoma de Baja California, California State University, Los Angeles)


The document presents an analysis, developed under the framework of conflict theory, which models the choice of ownership structure as the result of a power struggle between the owner of a firm and potential shareholders. The theoretical model suggests that, when the system that protects property rights is inefficient, the choice of keeping the ownership of the firm within the family represents the strategy that provides the owner the highest value when going public.

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  • Ramón A. Castillo Ponce, 2007. "Entre familia y amigos: la elección de la estructura de propiedad corporativa," Estudios Económicos, El Colegio de México, Centro de Estudios Económicos, vol. 22(1), pages 3-18.
  • Handle: RePEc:emx:esteco:v:22:y:2007:i:1:p:3-18

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    1. Steinwascher, William, 2007. "Propiedad, gobierno corporativo y las estrategias de diversificación de las empresas mexicanas: Un estudio exploratorio
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      ," MPRA Paper 11599, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    2. San Martin-Reyna, J.M. & Duran-Encalada, Jorge A., 2012. "The relationship among family business, corporate governance and firm performance: Evidence from the Mexican stock exchange," Journal of Family Business Strategy, Elsevier, vol. 3(2), pages 106-117.

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    family firm; legal system; conflic theory.;

    JEL classification:

    • G0 - Financial Economics - - General
    • G3 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance
    • L0 - Industrial Organization - - General
    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior


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