Do common institutional owners’ activisms deter tax avoidance? Evidence from an emerging economy

Do common institutional owners’ activisms deter tax avoidance? Evidence from an emerging economy

Athira A, Jijo Lukose PJ

Journal: Pacific-Basin Finance Journal

Synopsis: The authors examine the association between common institutional ownership and¬†tax¬†avoidance in an institutional setting characterized by concentrated ownership and principal-principal agency conflict. They find a negative association between tax avoidance and common institutional ownership, and this relationship is stronger among firms with more analyst coverage and higher concentrated ownership. Overall, their results support the monitoring efficiency of institutions and their role in internalizing the negative externality of a firm’s tax avoidance on common-industry peers. Further, the reduction in tax avoidance in firms with common institutional ownership is associated with a higher firm value. By demonstrating the role of common institutional owners in deterring tax aggressiveness, the study sheds light on the principal-principal agency cost of tax avoidance in emerging economies.

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