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Title: The institutional blockholders influence on corporate investment: Evidence from emerging markets Authors:  Carlos Pombo - Universidad de los Andes (Colombia) [presenting]
Mauricio Jara-Bertin - Universidad de Chile (Chile)
Abstract: The relationship between firm investment ratios and institutional blockholders for a sample of 6,300 publicly traded firms in 16 large emerging markets for the 2004-2014 period is examined. Results show that independent, long-term, and local institutional investors boost investment ratios, which is consistent with the monitoring role and blockholder voice intervention hypotheses. The presence of institutional blockholders, regardless of their monitoring involvement, reduces firm cash flow sensitivity ratios and thus reduces firms financial constraints. Minority institutional investors complement the positive effect of blockholders investors. However, the effect on financial constraints decreases as the quality of the country's institutions increases.