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Public Trading and Private Incentives

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This paper studies the link between public trading and the activity of a firms large shareholder who can affect firm value. Public trading results in the formation of a stock price that is informative about the large shareholders activity. This increases the latters incentives to engage in value increasing activities. Indeed, if he has to liquidate part of his stake before the effect of his activity is publicly observed, a more informative price rewards him for his activity. Implications of this perspective are derived for the decision to go public and security design.

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  • Denis Gromb, 2000. "Public Trading and Private Incentives," FMG Discussion Papers dp347, Financial Markets Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:fmg:fmgdps:dp347
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    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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