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A Proclivity to Cheat: How Culture influences Illegal Insider Trading

33 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2011  

Bart Frijns

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law

Aaron B. Gilbert

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law

Alireza Tourani-Rad

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law

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Date Written: August 25, 2011

Abstract

Insider trading has been subjected to increasing sanctions in many markets without completely deterring insider dealing or even, on the basis of some evidence, making it more prevalent. This suggests that other factors may impact on the prevalence of insider dealing such as culture, a system of norms and values which may enhance or undermine the laws in place. We examine the impact of culture by relating the four Hofstede (2001) cultural dimensions to the price and volume run-ups prior to a takeover announcement. Our results show that higher uncertainty avoidance, a proxy for risk aversion, deters insider dealing, although other cultural dimensions show little connection with insider trading. Our findings suggest that law makers may need to consider culture when establishing insider trading laws, specifically, stronger sanctions in low uncertainty avoiding countries.

Keywords: Cultural Dimensions, Insider Dealing, Price Run-Ups

JEL Classification: G34, Z10, C21

Suggested Citation

Frijns, Bart and Gilbert, Aaron B. and Tourani-Rad, Alireza, A Proclivity to Cheat: How Culture influences Illegal Insider Trading (August 25, 2011). Midwest Finance Association 2012 Annual Meetings Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1929977 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1929977

Bart Frijns

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law ( email )

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Aaron B. Gilbert (Contact Author)

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law ( email )

3 Wakefield Street
Private Bag 92006
Auckland Central 1020
New Zealand

Alireza Tourani-Rad

Auckland University of Technology - Faculty of Business & Law ( email )

3 Wakefield Street
Private Bag 92006
Auckland Central 1020
New Zealand

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