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The Inner Workings of the Board: Evidence from Emerging Markets

CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2017-016

EBC Discussion Paper Series No. 2017-002

30 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2017  

Ralph de Haas

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development; Tilburg University - Department of Finance

Daniel Ferreira

London School of Economics - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Tom Kirchmaier

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance; Copenhagen Business School

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Date Written: March 17, 2017

Abstract

We survey non-executive directors in emerging markets to obtain detailed information about the inner workings of corporate boards across a variety of institutional settings. We document substantial variation in the structure and conduct of boards as well as in directors’ perceptions about the local legal environment. Further analysis indicates that directors who feel adequately empowered by local legislation are less likely to actively vote against board proposals. They also form boards that play a stronger role in the company’s strategic decision-making. This suggests that a supportive legal environment allows directors to focus more on their advisory, as opposed to their monitoring, role.

Keywords: Boards of directors, corporate governance, emerging markets

JEL Classification: G30, G38, K22

Suggested Citation

de Haas, Ralph and Ferreira, Daniel and Kirchmaier, Tom, The Inner Workings of the Board: Evidence from Emerging Markets (March 17, 2017). CentER Discussion Paper Series No. 2017-016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2938426

Ralph de Haas (Contact Author)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development ( email )

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Daniel Ferreira

London School of Economics - Department of Finance ( email )

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Tom Kirchmaier

London School of Economics - Centre for Economic Performance ( email )

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United Kingdom
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