Directors' and Officers' Liability Insurance, Independent Director Behavior and Governance Effect
Journal of Risk and Insurance, Forthcoming
48 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2015 Last revised: 1 Feb 2017
Date Written: October 20, 2016
We examine the effect of directors’ and officers’ liability insurance (D&O insurance) on the behavior of independent directors and the effectiveness of their governance role. Using a unique dataset, we find a negative relation between D&O insurance and personal board meeting attendance by independent directors and a positive relation between D&O insurance and meeting attendance by authorized representatives. Content analysis of independent director opinion reports indicates that D&O insurance encourages independent directors to behave less responsibly. Insured independent directors are also more likely to be busy. Collectively, D&O insurance reduces the effectiveness of independent directors in corporate governance.
Keywords: directors’ and officers’ liability insurance; independent director; meeting attendance; content analysis; busyness
JEL Classification: G34; G22; M41
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