Ownership Concentration and Corporate Performance on the Budapest Stock Exchange: Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Goulash?

11 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2005

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John S. Earle

George Mason University - Schar School of Policy and Government; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Csaba Kucsera

Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HAS) - Institute of Sociology; Central European University

Almos Telegdy

Corvinus University of Budapest; Magyar Nemzeti Bank

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Abstract

We examine the impact of ownership concentration on firm performance using panel data for firms listed on the Budapest Stock Exchange, where ownership tends to be highly concentrated and frequently involves multiple blocks. Fixed-effects estimates imply that the size of the largest block increases profitability and efficiency strongly and monotonically, but the effects of total blockholdings are much smaller and statistically insignificant. Controlling for the size of the largest block, point estimates of the marginal effects of additional blocks are negative. The results suggest that the marginal costs of concentration may outweigh the benefits when the increased concentration involves "too many cooks".

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Earle, John S. and Kucsera, Csaba and Telegdy, Almos, Ownership Concentration and Corporate Performance on the Budapest Stock Exchange: Do Too Many Cooks Spoil the Goulash?. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=684312

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