Large Shareholders and Corporate Policies

Posted: 28 Sep 2009

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Henrik Cronqvist

University of Miami - Department of Finance

Rüdiger Fahlenbrach

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne; Swiss Finance Institute

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Date Written: October 2009

Abstract

We analyze the effects of heterogeneity across large shareholders, using a new blockholder-firm panel dataset in which we can track all unique blockholders among large public firms in the United States. We find statistically significant and economically important blockholder fixed effects in investment, financial, and executive compensation policies. We also find blockholder fixed effects in firm performance measures, and differences in corporate policies are systematically related to differences in firm performance. We study potential sources of the heterogeneity and find that blockholders with a larger block size, board membership, direct management involvement, or with a single decision maker are associated with larger effects on corporate policies and firm performance.

Keywords: G31, G32, G34, G35

Suggested Citation

Cronqvist, Henrik and Fahlenbrach, Rüdiger, Large Shareholders and Corporate Policies (October 2009). The Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 22, Issue 10, pp. 3941-3976, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1478810 or http://dx.doi.org/hhn093

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