Voting in Corporations
Theoretical Economics, forthcoming.
43 Pages Posted: 18 May 2017 Last revised: 11 May 2020
Date Written: May 8, 2020
I introduce a model of shareholder voting. I describe and provide characterizations of three families of shareholder voting rules: ratio rules, difference rules, and share majority rules. The characterizations rely on two key axioms: merger consistency, which requires consistency in voting outcomes following stock-for-stock mergers, and reallocation invariance, which requires the shareholder voting rule to be immune to certain manipulative techniques used by shareholders to hide their ownership. The paper also extends the classic result of May (1952) on majority rule.
Keywords: Shareholder Voting; Axioms; Share Majority Rule; Merger; Reallocation Invariance; One Share-One Vote; Difference Rules; Ratio Rules
JEL Classification: D71, G34, K22
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