Corporate Governance and Liquidity
42 Pages Posted: 11 Jun 2008 Last revised: 31 May 2009
We investigate the empirical relation between corporate governance and stock market liquidity. We find that firms with better corporate governance have narrower spreads, higher market quality index, smaller price impact of trades, and lower probability of information-based trading. In addition, we show that changes in our liquidity measures are significantly related to changes in the governance index over time. These results suggest that firms may alleviate information-based trading and improve stock market liquidity by adopting corporate governance standards that mitigate informational asymmetries. Our results are remarkably robust to alternative model specifications, across exchanges, and different measures of liquidity.
Keywords: Corporate governance, Spreads, Price impact, Information-based trading, Liquidity
JEL Classification: G10, G34
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