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Business Groups in Emerging Markets: Financial Control and Sequential Investments

  • Christa Hainz

Business groups in emerging markets perform better than unaffiliated firms. One explanation is that business groups perform some functions of missing institutions, for example, enforcing contracts. We investigate this by setting up a model where firms within the business group are connected to each other by a vertical production structure and an internal capital market. Thus, the business group's organizational mode and financial structure allow a self-enforcing contract to be designed. Our model of a business group shows that only sequential investments can solve the ex post moral-hazard problem. We also find that firms may prefer not to integrate.

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Article provided by Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen in its journal Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics.

Volume (Year): 163 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 336-355

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