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2007: A Canadian Corporate Ownership Survey


  • Calin Valsan


This study documents a decline in the levels of corporate ownership concentration between 1996 and 2007. When compared to previous studies, the incidence of ownership stakes of 20% or larger has decreased form 60% to 41% of the total population of publicly listed Canadian firms. Regional disparities among provinces remain important. Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia have the most widely-held firms, while Quebec and Atlantic Canada show the most concentrated corporate ownership patterns. The interpretation of these results requires a complex understanding of historical, demographic, cultural, political and institutional factors.

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  • Calin Valsan, 2010. "2007: A Canadian Corporate Ownership Survey," European Journal of Comparative Economics, Cattaneo University (LIUC), vol. 7(2), pages 285-306, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:liu:liucej:v:7:y:2010:i:2:p:285-306

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    Canada; corporate ownership; corporate governance; blockholder; ownership stake; ownership concentration;

    JEL classification:

    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill
    • K22 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - Business and Securities Law
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance
    • O51 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - U.S.; Canada
    • P16 - Economic Systems - - Capitalist Systems - - - Political Economy of Capitalism


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