31 Pages Posted: 15 Jan 2011 Last revised: 25 Apr 2012
Date Written: March 31, 2011
This paper focuses on the effects of corporate governance on bank performance during the financial crisis of 2008. Using data on large publicly-traded U.S. banks, we examine whether banks with stronger corporate governance mechanisms were associated with higher profitability and better stock market performance amidst the crisis. Our empirical findings on the effects of corporate governance on bank performance are mixed. Although the results suggest that banks with stronger corporate governance mechanisms were associated with higher profitability in 2008, our findings also indicate that strong governance may have had negative effects on stock market valuations of banks amidst the crisis. Nevertheless, we document that banks with strong corporate governance practices had substantially higher stock returns in the aftermath of the market meltdown, indicating that good governance may have mitigated the adverse influence of the crisis on bank credibility.
Keywords: Corporate Governance, Bank Performance, Financial Crisis
JEL Classification: G01, G21, G30
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Vähämaa, Emilia and Vähämaa, Sami, Did Good Corporate Governance Improve Bank Performance During the Financial Crisis? (March 31, 2011). Journal of Financial Services Research, Vol. 41, No. 1-2, pp. 19-35, 2012. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1740547 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1740547
By Klaus Hopt