Convergence in Corporate Governance: A Leximetric Approach
Mathias M. Siems
Durham University - Durham Law School; University of Cambridge - Centre for Business Research
June 7, 2010
Has there been convergence of corporate governance systems? There has been a great deal of controversy on this issue in the last ten years, and it is likely that this debate is to re-emerge in the context of the current financial crisis. In this paper I use a new quantitative methodology ('leximetrics') in order to answer the question of whether there has been convergence, divergence or persistence of the legal rules which shape country-level differences in corporate governance. The paper is based on new indices which code the development of shareholder, creditor, and worker protection in France, Germany, India, the UK and the US from 1970 to 2005. The main result is that one has to distinguish between different areas of law: the laws have converged in shareholder protection, they have diverged in worker protection and in creditor protection converging and diverging trends even out. These results do not depend on the distinction between Civil Law and Common Law countries.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 35
Keywords: corporate governance, leximetrics, shareholder protection, creditor protection, worker protection, convergence
JEL Classification: G30, G38, K00, K12, K31, N20, N40, O16, P50working papers series
Date posted: August 6, 2009 ; Last revised: November 6, 2010
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