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Political Determinants of Corporate GovernancePolitical Context, Corporate Impact$
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Mark J. Roe

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199205301

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205301.001.0001

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Data and Confirmation

Data and Confirmation

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(p.49) Chapter 6 Data and Confirmation
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Political Determinants of Corporate Governance
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Mark J. Joe

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199205301.003.0007

This chapter presents a statistical inquiry to test the political hypothesis that strong social democracies widen the natural gap between managers and distant stockholders, and impede firms from developing tools that would close that gap. By arraying nations on a left-to-right political scale, and then arranging them on a highly-concentrated to highly diffuse ownership scale, the scales correlate powerfully. The political explanation accounts for the variation in ownership concentration in the world's richest nations.

Keywords:   political science, finance literature, income inequality, ownership concentration, GNP

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