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VI. D. Shareholder Protection: WHAT DETERMINES STOCK MARKET DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA?
Another key determinant of stock market development is the level of shareholder protection
in publicly traded companies, as stipulated in securities or company laws (Shleifer and
Vishny, 1997). Stock market development is more likely in countries with strong shareholder
protection because investors do not fear expropriation as much. In addition, ownership in
such markets can be relatively dispersed, which provides liquidity to the market. La Porta et
al (1999) provide evidence for the importance of minority rights protection by using indicators of the quality of shareholder protection as written in laws. They demonstrate that
the quality of shareholder protection is correlated with the capitalization and liquidity of
stock markets in 49 countries around the world. Laporta et al (1997) find that countries with
lower quality of legal rules and law enforcement have smaller and narrower capital markets
and that the listed firms on their stock markets are characterized by more concentrated
ownership. Demirguc-Kunt and Maksimovic (1998) show that firms in countries with high
ratings for the effectiveness of their legal systems are able to grow faster by relying more on
IMF Working Paper
Stock Market Development in Sub-Saharan Africa: Critical Issues and Challenges
Prepared by Charles Amo Yartey and Charles Komla Adjasi
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