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Stock Repurchase and Agency Problems: New Evidence in Taiwan's Stock Market


  • Keng-Hsin Lo
  • Kehluh Wang
  • Chun-Tsen Yeh


This paper explores stock repurchase and agency issues in an emerging market with special regulations. Using match samples, agency-related variables are investigated for pre- and postannouncement periods. Our empirical evidence demonstrates that stock repurchase is related to agency cost mitigation. Agency problems are also significantly related to the preannouncement undervaluation of stock repurchase, after controlling for the effects of growth opportunity and asymmetric information. Finally, a company with a higher ratio of expected repurchase or higher agency costs normally enjoys better market response upon announcement.

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  • Keng-Hsin Lo & Kehluh Wang & Chun-Tsen Yeh, 2008. "Stock Repurchase and Agency Problems: New Evidence in Taiwan's Stock Market," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 44(1), pages 84-94, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:mes:emfitr:v:44:y:2008:i:1:p:84-94

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    1. Chun-Da Chen & Alex YiHou Huang & Chih-Chun Chen, 2011. "The Effects of Abolishing a Foreign Institutional Investment Quota in Taiwan," Emerging Markets Finance and Trade, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 47(2), pages 74-98, March.
    2. Wang, Li-Hsun & Lin, Chu-Hsiung & Fung, Hung-Gay & Chen, Hsien-Ming, 2013. "An analysis of stock repurchase in Taiwan," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 27(C), pages 497-513.


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