Larger Board Size, Decreasing Firm Value, and Increasing Firm Solvency
Cornell University - Law School
Swedish School of Economics and Business Administration
This study finds significant correlations between board size and profitability and between board size and solvency in a sample of small and mid-size firms. Several studies hypothesize a relationship between board size and firm financial performance. Empirical tests of the relationship exist in a few studies of large U.S. firms. We find a negative correlation between board size and profitability in small and mid-size Finnish firms. Finding a board-size effect for a new and different class of firms points towards the influence of group size on risk-taking behavior as a source of the board-size effect. A new board-size effect we report, a positive correlation between board size and firm solvency, further supports the hypothesis that board-size effects result from distortions of risk-taking behavior.
JEL Classification: G32
Date posted: August 21, 1996
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