Corporate Ownership Structure in Austria

Publication: Scientific journalJournal articlepeer-review


This paper aims to add to the knowledge about ownership structure in Austria. It assesses ownership concentration and the relative importance of the investor categories banks, the state, families, and domestic and foreign firms on the basis of a sample of 600 of the largest non-financial corporations. Balance sheet data, internal rates of return calculations and regression estimates show that not only ownership concentration, but also the identity of the large controlling shareholder is relevant to efficient governance of corporations. While foreign control increases profitability, particularly
state control is detrimental to shareholder wealth maximization. Likewise, profit margin equation
estimates cannot reject the entrenchment hypothesis and/or expropriation of minority shareholders.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285 - 307
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1998

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