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Gerhard Kling
 
''Disclosure of mergers without regulatory restrictions: Insider trading in pre-1914 Germany''
( 2008, Vol. 7 No.2 )
 
 
In the pre-World-War I period, lacking regulatory restrictions allowed ‘hidden' mergers however, some companies disclosed information voluntarily. I analyze insider gains by investigating the share price behavior prior to merger announcements. When companies hid information, stocks exhibited positive abnormal returns prior to newspaper reports that uncovered hidden transactions.
 
 
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N2 - Economic History: Financial Markets and Institutions: General, International, or Comparative
 
Manuscript Received : Oct 15 2007 Manuscript Accepted : Jan 05 2008

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