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Tunneling and Propping: A Justification for Pyramidal Ownership

  • Yohanes E. Riyanto


    (National University of Singapore)

  • Linda A. Toolsema


    (University of Groningen)

This paper presents a formal model of tunneling and propping in a pyramidal ownership structure. Tunneling refers to controlling shareholders shifting resources from one firm to another in the same pyramid. Propping is tunneling that is done to save the receiving firm from bankruptcy. We compare the pyramidal ownership structure to the horizontal ownership structure, in which shifting resources between firms is not possible (i.e. illegal). We show that tunneling may justify the pyramidal structure only in the presence of myopic investors or in combination with propping.

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Paper provided by National University of Singapore, Department of Economics in its series Departmental Working Papers with number wp0409.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Nov 2004
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Handle: RePEc:nus:nusewp:wp0409
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