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How do share repurchases affect ownership concentration?

We study how share repurchases affect the ownership stake of outside blockholders in 950 publicly-traded US corporations from 1996 through 2001, using a control function approach to address the possible endogeneity of repurchases. We find that share repurchases tend to make outside ownership less concentrated: repurchasing one percent of outstanding common equity decreases the fraction owned by large shareholders by around one and a half percentage points. This may decrease outside shareholders' influence over firm decision-making. Our results are confirmed when we restrict the sample to institutional owners, but not to individual owners.

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Paper provided by Hunter College Department of Economics in its series Economics Working Paper Archive at Hunter College with number 430.

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Date of creation: 2010
Date of revision: 2012
Handle: RePEc:htr:hcecon:430
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