When Does Common Ownership Matter?

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Shradha Bindal

University of Kansas - Finance Area

James Nordlund

Louisiana State University

Date Written: January 15, 2022

Abstract

We find that the effects of common ownership vary by a firm's product market characteristics. Quasi-random increases in common ownership lead to stronger decreases in R&D and increases in prices and profitability when a firm has similar products. We find that the effects of common ownership are more pronounced for firms with similar (less differentiated) products when competitive threats are high: our results are stronger for industries with lower concentration, higher advertising intensity, or lower investment intensity. Our findings highlight the importance of considering the product market characteristics of a firm and its industry when studying common ownership.

Keywords: common ownership, competition, corporate finance, institutional investors

Suggested Citation

Bindal, Shradha and Nordlund, James, When Does Common Ownership Matter? (January 15, 2022). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=

Shradha Bindal (Contact Author)

University of Kansas - Finance Area ( email )

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James Nordlund

Louisiana State University ( email )

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Baton Rouge, LA 70803
United States

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