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Who controls East Asian corporations ?

Stijn Claessens (), Simeon Djankov () and Larry Lang

No 2054, Policy Research Working Paper Series from The World Bank

Abstract: The authors identify the ultimate ownership structure for 2,980 corporations in nine East Asian countries. They find that: A) More than half of those firms are controlled be a single shareholder. B) Smaller firms and older firms are more likely to be family-controlled. C) Patterns of controlling ownership stakes differ across countries. The concentration of control generally diminishes with higher economic and institutional development. D) In many countries control is enhanced though pyramid structures and deviations from one-share-one-vote rules. As a result, voting rights exceed cash-flow rights. E) Management is rarely separated from ownership control, and management in two thirds of the firms that are not widely held is related to management of the controlling shareholder. F) In some countries, wealth is very concentrated and links between government andbusiness are extensive, so the legal system has probably been influenced by the prevailing ownership structure.

Keywords: Small and Medium Size Enterprises; Microfinance; Small Scale Enterprise; International Terrorism&Counterterrorism; Economic Theory&Research; Microfinance; Private Participation in Infrastructure; Small Scale Enterprise; Rural Land Policies for Poverty Reduction; Economic Theory&Research (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 1999-02-28
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