Identifying Control Motives in Managerial Ownership: Evidence from Antitakeover Legislation

Posted: 27 May 2004

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Shijun Cheng

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Venky Nagar

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business

Madhav V. Rajan

Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Abstract

This study uses the introduction of second-generation antitakeover legislation as a natural experiment setting to infer the value that managers place on the control rights conferred by stock ownership. We conjecture that managers will reduce their stockholdings in the post-legislation period, because they can ensure their prior level of control while holding fewer risky shares. Using a variety of specifications, we find robust evidence consistent with this "revealed preference" hypothesis. Further demonstrating the key role played by control considerations in managers' stockholding decisions, the reductions in ownership are concentrated in management teams with higher levels of initial ownership, and in firms without poison pills.

Keywords: Antitakeover legislation, Managerial ownership, Control

JEL Classification: G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Cheng, Shijun and Nagar, Venky and Rajan, Madhav V., Identifying Control Motives in Managerial Ownership: Evidence from Antitakeover Legislation. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=550988

Shijun Cheng

Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance (SAIF), Shanghai Jiao Tong University ( email )

211 West Huaihai Road
Shanghai, 200030
China

Venky Nagar

University of Michigan, Stephen M. Ross School of Business ( email )

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Ann Arbor, MI MI 48109
United States
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734-764-3146 (Fax)

Madhav V. Rajan (Contact Author)

Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

1101 East 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637-1561
United States

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