The Impact of Family Control on Investors' Risk and Performance of Italian Listed Companies
LUISS Guido Carli University
Francesca Di Donato
July 7, 2007
Agency costs, deriving from the separation between ownership and control, affect whatever company model. In case of firms with dispersed ownership (the public companies), the classic agency conflict regards the relation between shareholders and managers.
In case of family firms the classic agency conflicts are mitigated thanks to reduced separation between ownership and control, but there are other types of agency conflicts, moreover between family shareholders and minority ones.
This paper focuses on the relation between agency costs and ownership structure, in the specific perspective of minority shareholders, providing a first empirical evidence of the proposition that family ownership reduces the agency costs of equity and has a negative effect on the equity risk perceived by the market.
The analysis statistically compares family and non-family firms, sorted from Italian listed companies, in any sector with a significant presence of family business, to get evidence of family's ownership impact on equity cost of capital.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 27
Keywords: agency costs, Family firms, Corporate governance, firms performanceworking papers series
Date posted: November 27, 2007
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