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Darius P. Miller

Southern Methodist University

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March 2005Private Benefits of Control, Ownership, and the Cross-Listing Decision
with Craig Doidge, G. Andrew Karolyi, Karl V. Lins, Rene M. Stulz: w11162
This paper investigates how a foreign firm's decision to cross-list its shares in the U.S. is related to the concentration of the ownership of its cash flow rights and of its control rights. Theory has proposed that when private benefits are high, controlling shareholders are less likely to choose to list their firm's shares in the U.S. because the higher standards for transparency and disclosure, as well as the increased monitoring associated with such listings, limit their ability to extract private benefits. We offer evidence that confirms this hypothesis using data on more than 4,000 firms from 31 countries. Using logistic regression analysis, we show that the control rights held by controlling shareholders, as well as the difference between their control rights and their cash flow rig...

Published: Doidge, Craig, G. Andrew Karolyi, Karl V.Lins, Darius P. Miller, and Rene M. Stulz. "Private Benefits of Control, Ownership, and the Cross-Listing Decision." Journal of Finance 64, 1 (February 2009): 425-66. citation courtesy of

 
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