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Pyramids

Marianne Bertrand and Sendhil Mullainathan
Journal of the European Economic Association
Vol. 1, No. 2/3, Papers and Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (Apr. - May, 2003), pp. 478-483
Published by: Wiley on behalf of European Economic Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40005197
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Abstract

Most corporate finance models of firm behavior study the typical U.S. corporation: one firm with a large set of dispersed shareholders. In contrast, in many countries around the world, firms are often held in groups with complicated ownership structures. These groups, often referred to as pyramids, raise very distinct questions about firm behavior; these questions that are especially relevant for developing countries where these groups are most prevalent. In this paper, we first describe some empirical research we have performed on the nature of agency problems within pyramids. We then discuss a variety of questions, both theoretical and empirical, that remain to be unexplored.

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