Good Monitoring, Bad Monitoring

72 Pages Posted: 7 Aug 2011 Last revised: 30 Apr 2014

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Yaniv Grinstein

Cornell University - Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management; Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliyah; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Stefano Rossi

Bocconi University; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Date Written: April 2014

Abstract

Are courts effective monitors of corporate decisions? In a controversial landmark case, the Delaware Supreme Court held directors personally liable for breaching their fiduciary duties, signaling a sharp increase in Delaware’s scrutiny over corporate decisions. In our event study, low-growth Delaware firms outperformed matched non-Delaware firms by 1% in the three day event window. In contrast, high-growth Delaware firms under-performed by 1%. Contrary to previous literature, we conclude that court decisions can have large, significant and heterogeneous effects on firm value, and that rules insulating directors from court scrutiny benefit the fastest growing sectors of the economy.

Keywords: monitoring, corporate governance, case law, regulation

JEL Classification: G32, G34, G38

Suggested Citation

Grinstein, Yaniv and Rossi, Stefano, Good Monitoring, Bad Monitoring (April 2014). European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 418/2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1906326 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1906326

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