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Ownership structure and risk at Colombian banks

By Constanza Martínez and Manuel Ramírez


The separation between ownership and the control of capital in banks generates differences in the preferences for risk among shareholders and the manager. These differences could imply a corporate governance problem in banks with a dispersed ownership, since owners fail to exert control in the allocation of capital. In this paper we examine the relationship between the ownership structure and risk for Colombian banks. Our results suggest that a high ownership concentration leads to higher levels of risk

Topics: 332.12, Corporaciones financieras, Evaluación de riesgos, Bancos comerciales, corporate governance, banking risk
Publisher: Facultad de Economía
Year: 2011
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