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Foreign Equity Investment Restrictions and Shareholder Wealth Maximization

Rene M. Stulz, Walter Wasserfallen

NBER Working Paper No. 4217
Issued in November 1992
NBER Program(s):   IFM   AP

This paper provides a theory of foreign equity investment restrictions. In a setting where the demand function for domestic shares differs between domestic and foreign investors, domestic entrepreneurs can maximize firm value by discriminating between domestic and foreign investors. The empirical implications of this theory are supported by evidence from Switzerland. In contrast to mean-variance asset pricing models, the model correctly predicts that the relaxation of foreign equity investment restrictions decreases the value of shares available to foreign investors.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w4217

Published: Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 8, No. 4, 1995, pp/ 1019-1058.

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