Big Business Stability and Social Welfare

30 Pages Posted: 26 May 2008 Last revised: 30 Jan 2013

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Kathy Fogel

Suffolk University - Department of Finance

Randall Morck

University of Alberta - Department of Finance and Statistical Analysis; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governence Institute; Asian Bureau of Finance and Economic Research

Bernard Yin Yeung

National University of Singapore - Business School

Date Written: May 2008

Abstract

Many countries appear to have excessively stable big business sectors, in that higher rates of big business turnover have been correlated with faster economy growth. Public policies that stabilize big business sectors are sometimes justified as supportive of social objectives. We find no consistent link between big business stability and public goods provision, egalitarianism, or labor empowerment. While absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, these findings suggest that other explanations, such as special interest politics or behavioral biases favoring the status quo also be considered.

Suggested Citation

Fogel, Kathy and Morck, Randall K. and Yeung, Bernard Yin, Big Business Stability and Social Welfare (May 2008). NBER Working Paper No. w14027. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1137116

Kathy Fogel

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