Which Does More to Determine the Quality of Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies, Firms or Countries?

54 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2012 Last revised: 28 Jun 2014

Andrea Hugill

Harvard Business School

Jordan I. Siegel

University of Michigan

Date Written: June 26, 2014

Abstract

Scholars of corporate governance have debated the relative importance of country and firm characteristics in understanding corporate governance variation across emerging economies. Using panel data and a number of model specifications, we shed new light on this debate. We find that firm characteristics are as important as and often meaningfully more important than country characteristics in explaining governance ratings variance. These results suggest that over recent years firms in emerging economies had more capability to rise above home-country peer firms in corporate governance ratings than has been previously suggested. In fact, 16.8% percent of firms in emerging economies have been able to exceed the 75th percentile of corporate governance ratings in developed economies and 45.5% of firms in emerging economies have been able to exceed the 50th percentile of corporate governance ratings in developed economies.

Suggested Citation

Hugill, Andrea and Siegel, Jordan I., Which Does More to Determine the Quality of Corporate Governance in Emerging Economies, Firms or Countries? (June 26, 2014). Harvard Business School Strategy Unit Working Paper No. 13-055. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2192460 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2192460

Andrea Hugill

Harvard Business School ( email )

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Jordan I. Siegel (Contact Author)

University of Michigan ( email )

Ann Arbor, MI
United States

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