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Corporate Governance, Risk, and Inequality in Japan and the United States

Sanford M. Jacoby

University of California, Los Angeles

These days, Americans seem to take their corporate governance model for granted. Shareholder interests are what matter. But this essay traces the history of corporate governance to show that such models change over time. And they are different in other nations, such as Japan. I argue that American-style corporate governance has resulted in wage inequality, risk shifting, and poor management. And financial reforms, despite the recent major scandals, have not gone far enough.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 17

Keywords: corporate governance, risk, inequality, japan, employees, managers

JEL Classification: E25, G34, G38, J30, K22, M51, N30, N80, P50

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Date posted: January 26, 2005  

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Jacoby, Sanford M., Corporate Governance, Risk, and Inequality in Japan and the United States. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=654702 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.654702

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Sanford M. Jacoby (Contact Author)
University of California, Los Angeles ( email )
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1481
United States
310-825-2505 (Phone)
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