Family Governance Signals and Heterogeneous Preferences of Investors
Duncan, K., & Hasso, T., Family Governance Signals and Heterogeneous Preferences of Investors. Journal of Behavioral Finance, 1-15 (Forthcoming)
39 Pages Posted: 8 Mar 2018
Date Written: February 28, 2018
We explore if investors use signals of founding family governance (ownership, involvement in management, board representation) when making investment choices in an experimental setting. We link the literature on heterogeneous preferences of investors to signalling theory, and apply it in the context of founding family governance by exploring the presence of investor clusters with varying utility functions with respect to founding family governance. We show that nonprofessional investors use these signals in their investment choices. Latent class analysis identifies three distinct clusters within our sample that have conflicting utility curves with respect to founding family governance.
Keywords: family firms, investors, experiment, governance
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