Regulatory Competition and the Market for Corporate Law
83 Pages Posted: 7 Nov 2015 Last revised: 7 Aug 2017
Date Written: August 7, 2017
This article develops an empirical model of firms’ choice of corporate laws under inertia. Delaware dominates the incorporation market, though recently Nevada, a state whose laws are highly protective of managers, has acquired a sizable market share. Using a novel database of incorporation decisions from 1995- 2013, we show that most firms dislike protectionist laws, such as anti-takeover statutes and liability protections for officers, and that Nevada’s rise is due to the preferences of small firms. Our estimates indicate that despite inertia, Delaware would lose significant market share and revenues if it adopted protectionist laws. Our findings support the hypothesis that Delaware faces competitive pressure to maintain its current laws, and that managers are willing to commit to such laws in order to attract capital.
Keywords: Regulatory Competition, Corporate Governance, Anti-Takeover Statutes, Directors and Officers Liability, Delaware, Nevada, Discrete Choice Models, Inertia
JEL Classification: G34, K22, L00, G28
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