Effects of Large Shareholding on Information Asymmetry and Stock Liquidity
27 Pages Posted: 5 Aug 2004
Date Written: August 2004
Prior studies, such as Claessens, Djankov, Fan and Lang (2002), suggest that separation between ultimate control and ownership decreases firm value (due to the entrenchment effects of large shareholding). Using a sample of Canadian firms, we find that stocks with a greater deviation between ultimate control and ownership have a larger information asymmetry component of their bid-ask spread and a wider quoted bid-ask spread. Our results are consistent with the notion that the ultimate owners of these stocks may have a selfish agenda. To increase the probability of it being implemented, the firm may also have poor information disclosure, resulting in an illiquid stock.
Keywords: Difference between ultimate control and ownership
JEL Classification: G32
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