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Title: Law and Finance
Author: La Porta, Rafael; Lopez-de-Silanes, Florencio; Shleifer, Andrei; Vishny, Robert W.

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Citation: La Porta, Rafael, Florencio Lopez-de-Silanes, Andrei Shleifer, and Robert W. Vishny. 1998. Law and finance. Journal of Political Economy 106(6): 1113-1155.
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Abstract: This paper examines legal rules covering protection of corporate shareholders and creditors, the origin of these rules, and the quality of their enforcement in 49 countries. The results show that common‐law countries generally have the strongest, and french civil law countries the weakest, legal protections of investors, with German‐-and Scandinavian‐-civil‐law countries located in the middle. We also find that concentration of ownership of shares in the largest public companies is negatively related to investor protections, consistent with the hypothesis that small, diversified share‐holders are unlikely to be important in countries that fail to protect their rights.
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/250042
Other Sources: http://leeds-faculty.colorado.edu/yungc/Doctoral%20Course/Ph%20Papers%202/la%20porta%202.pdf
Citable link to this page: http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:3451310

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