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Private benefits of control and firm leverage: An analysis of Korean firms

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  • Joon-Seok Kim

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This paper investigates the leverage choices of an entrenched controlling party. If debt effectively curbs the private benefits of control, the controlling shareholder is given incentives to avoid debt. Using estimates of the private benefits of control and financial statement data from selected Korean firms, we find that a controlling party with large private benefits tends to lower debt. This relationship was concentrated after the Asian financial crisis. However, before the crisis, firms that affiliated with Korean conglomerates, chaebols, used more debt as private benefits increased. A financial reform program triggered by the crisis seems to have actuated the disciplining role of debt. Copyright Springer Science + Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • Jangkoo Kang & Joon-Seok Kim, 2006. "Private benefits of control and firm leverage: An analysis of Korean firms," Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Springer, vol. 27(4), pages 439-463, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:rqfnac:v:27:y:2006:i:4:p:439-463
    DOI: 10.1007/s11156-006-0046-z
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