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Which Investors Fear Expropriation?

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  • Giannetti, Mariassunta

    (Department of Finance and SITE)

  • Simonov, Andrei

    (Stockholm School of Economics and SIFR)

Abstract

Using a data set that provides unprecedented details on the stockholders of Swedish listed companies, we analyze whether investors take into account corporate governance when they select stocks. We identify the companies where shareholders’ value is less likely to be maximized by using the wedge between the control and cash flow rights of the principal shareholder. After controlling for the supply effect via free float and firm size, we find that all the categories of investors (domestic and foreign; institutional and small individual investors) who generally enjoy only security benefits are reluctant to invest in companies where the ratio of control to cash flow rights is larger. In contrast, individuals who have strong connections with the local financial community because they are board members or hold large blocks of at least some listed companies behave differently. They do not care about the expected extraction of private benefits or even prefer to invest in firms where there is more room for it.

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  • Giannetti, Mariassunta & Simonov, Andrei, 2002. "Which Investors Fear Expropriation?," SIFR Research Report Series 10, Institute for Financial Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:hhs:sifrwp:0010
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    Keywords

    Private Benefits; Security Benefits; Investor Base; Corporate Governance; Portfolio Selection;
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    JEL classification:

    • F21 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Investment; Long-Term Capital Movements
    • G11 - Financial Economics - - General Financial Markets - - - Portfolio Choice; Investment Decisions
    • 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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