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How Ownership Structure Affects Capital Structure and Firm Performance? Recent Evidence from East Asia

  • Nigel Driffield

    (Aston Business School)

  • Vidya Mahambare

    (Cardiff Business School)

  • Sarmistha Pal

    (Brunel University)

Despite the seminal work of Claessens et al. (2002), who highlighted the role of ownership structure on firm performance in East Asia, the relationship between capital structure and ownership remains much unexplored. This is important, given recent empirical and theoretical work linking capital structure and performance. The novelty of the present paper is that in examining the effects of ownership concentration on capital structure and firm performance, it not only allows for simultaneity between capital structure and firm performance, but also controls for one possible source of moral hazard related to the higher voting rights relative to cash flow rights. The paper clearly establishes that results are rather country-specific and the effects of ownership structure on firm performance cannot be delineated from its effects on leverage. More interestingly, these results highlight that higher voting rights could pose some moral hazard problem if there is a controlling manager shareholder called Cronyman in our analysis. Evidently family ownership could mitigate some of these moral hazard problems, though it could exacerbate the problem of over-lending. As such, the results presented here confirm and extend the essential findings of Claessens et al. (2002).

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 09 May 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpfi:0505010
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