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Ownership Structure and the Cost of Debt


  • Juan Pedro Sanchez-Ballesta
  • Emma Garcia-Meca


This paper examines the impact on the cost of debt by ownership concentration and shareholder identity; that is, whether the shareholders are banks, non-financial firms, the state, institutional investors or the board of directors. Our analysis suggests that directors who own shares tend to be aligned with external shareholders, that firms with government ownership enjoy lower cost of debt and that banks effectively monitor management, so reducing the agency costs of debt.

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  • Juan Pedro Sanchez-Ballesta & Emma Garcia-Meca, 2011. "Ownership Structure and the Cost of Debt," European Accounting Review, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 20(2), pages 389-416.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:euract:v:20:y:2011:i:2:p:389-416
    DOI: 10.1080/09638180903487834

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    1. Maureen Muller-Kahle, 2015. "The impact of dominant ownership: the case of Anglo-American firms," Journal of Management & Governance, Springer;Accademia Italiana di Economia Aziendale (AIDEA), vol. 19(1), pages 71-89, February.
    2. Sakina Kachwala & Chitra Singla, 2016. "Impact of Ownership Structure on Agency Cost of Debt in India," Working Papers id:11004, eSocialSciences.
    3. Kachwala, Sakina Tohid & Singla, Chitra, 2016. "Impact of Ownership Structure on Agency Cost of Debt in India," IIMA Working Papers WP2016-03-59, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, Research and Publication Department.

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