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Corporate Governance and Innovation: Theory and Evidence


Haresh Sapra


University of Chicago - Booth School of Business

Ajay Subramanian


Georgia State University

Krishnamurthy Subramanian


Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad

July 7, 2012

3rd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Papers
Chicago Booth Research Paper No. 08-05

Abstract:     
We develop a theory to show how external corporate governance mechanisms, such as the market for corporate control, and internal governance mechanisms interact to affect innovation by …firms. Our model generates the novel testable implication that there is a non-monotonic U-shaped relation between the degree of innovation undertaken by …firms and the external takeover pressure they face. The U-shaped relation arises from the incentive effects of the interaction between expected takeover premia and private bene…fits of control both of which vary with the takeover pressure that the …firm faces. In particular, the key characteristics of innovation that distinguish it from mere risk-taking play a central role in generating the U-shaped relation.

We show strong empirical support for the predicted non-monotonic relation using both ex ante and ex post measures of innovation. Our empirical analysis exploits the cross-sectional as well as time-series variation in takeover pressure created by the sequential passage of anti-takeover laws across different states. Our results suggest that innovation is fostered either by an unhindered market for corporate control, or by anti-takeover laws that are severe enough to effectively deter takeovers.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 56

Keywords: Anti-takeover laws, Blockholders, Corporate Governance, Innovation, External Governance, Internal Governance, Monitoring, Takeovers

JEL Classification: G31, G34, K22

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Date posted: March 26, 2008 ; Last revised: June 12, 2014

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Sapra, Haresh and Subramanian, Ajay and Subramanian, Krishnamurthy, Corporate Governance and Innovation: Theory and Evidence (July 7, 2012). 3rd Annual Conference on Empirical Legal Studies Papers; Chicago Booth Research Paper No. 08-05. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1103676 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1103676

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Haresh Sapra
University of Chicago - Booth School of Business ( email )
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
United States
Ajay Subramanian
Georgia State University ( email )
Department of Risk Management and Insurance
P.O. Box 4050
Atlanta, GA 30303
United States
404-413-7483 (Phone)
Krishnamurthy Subramanian (Contact Author)
Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad ( email )
Hyderabad, Gachibowli 500 019
India

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