THE EFFECT OF FAMILY CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT ON PERFORMANCE, CAPITAL STRUCTURE, CASH HOLDING, AND CASH DIVIDENDS

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Márcio Telles Portal, Leonardo Fernando Cruz Basso

DOI:10.22495/cocv13i1c10p2

Abstract

This study investigates the effect of family firm on corporate performance and financial policy (capital structure, cash holding, and cash dividends). Using a sample of Brazilian firms, the study uses a treatment effect model to address self-selection and endogeneity problems. The results show that family firm has a negative net effect on performance. Family control has an effect on financial policies that indicate a aversive behavior to preserve control. The results indicate less problem of free cash flow and more risk-taking behavior in family-manage companies, suggesting that such aversion behavior is reduced when the family controls and manages the firm. This is the first study that takes into account the effect of family firm behavior through multiple financial policies.

Keywords: Family Firm, Performance, Capital Structure; Cash Holdings; Dividends; Risk Aversion; Risk Taking

How to cite this paper: Portal, M.T., Basso, L.F.C. (2015). The effect of family control and management on performance, capital structure, cash holding, and cash dividends. Corporate Ownership & Control, 13(1-10), 1134-1149. http://dx.doi.org/10.22495/cocv13i1c10p2