Passive Blockholders, Informational Efficiency of Prices, and Firm Value
41 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2019 Last revised: 8 Jan 2020
Date Written: September 25, 2019
This paper analyzes the role of passive blockholders in corporate governance using data on Schedule 13G filings. We show that firm value increases with the number and aggregate ownership of passive blockholders after controlling for other possible determinants of firm value. More importantly, we show that the informational efficiency of prices (IEP) increases with the number and aggregate ownership of passive blockholders, and IEP is a channel through which passive blockholders affect firm value. Overall, our results suggest that managers perform better when stock prices reflect the economic consequences of their actions promptly and accurately through information-based trading of blockholders.
Keywords: Passive blockholders, Tobin’s q ratio, Informational efficiency of asset price, Liquidity, Causal mediation analysis
JEL Classification: G14, G20, G32, G34
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