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CEO ownership and firm value

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  • John M. Griffith

    (School of Business and Economics, University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN, USA)

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This paper examines the hypothesis that the amount of CEO ownership has a dominating effect on the value of the firm. Using a diverse sample of firms, firm value as measured by Tobin's q is found to be a nonmonotonic function of CEO ownership. Specifically, Tobin's q rises when the CEO owns between 0 and 15% and declines as CEO ownership increases to 50%. Beyond 50%, the value starts to rise. Firm value also is found not to be a function of management ownership when CEO ownership is separated out, indicating that CEO ownership does have a dominating effect on firm value. Copyright © 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • John M. Griffith, 1999. "CEO ownership and firm value," Managerial and Decision Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(1), pages 1-8.
  • Handle: RePEc:wly:mgtdec:v:20:y:1999:i:1:p:1-8
    DOI: 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1468(199902)20:1<1::AID-MDE914>3.0.CO;2-T
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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.
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