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Government investment in publicly traded firms

Kateryna Holland

Journal of Corporate Finance, 2019, vol. 56, issue C, 319-342

Abstract: I examine shareholder wealth effects associated with different types of government investors in an international sample. I develop a taxonomy to identify government political, financial, and industrial arms. State investments, similar in dollar amount to state privatizations, have increased target shareholder wealth by over USD 50 billion. But market participants differentiate among government entities as target shareholders lose over USD 14 billion, when the investment is announced by the political arms of government rather than the industrial or the financial arms. The apparent intent of government agency is considered by private investors. Post-investment performance tests, institutional environment analysis, and access to credit tests corroborate this.

Keywords: Government investment; Government ownership; Government-controlled corporations; State-owned enterprises; Sovereign wealth funds (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G32 G38 L33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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