Investor Ideology

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Patrick Bolton

Columbia Business School - Department of Economics; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI)

Tao Li

University of Florida - Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate

Enrichetta Ravina

Kellogg School of Management

Howard Rosenthal

New York University

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Date Written: June 30, 2019

Abstract

We estimate institutional investor preferences from proxy voting records. The W-NOMINATE method maps investors onto a left-right dimension based on votes for fiscal year 2012. Public pension funds and other investors on the left support a more social and environment-friendly orientation of the firm and fewer executive compensation proposals. “Money conscious” investors appear on the right. The proxy adviser ISS makes voting recommendations that place it center, to the left of most mutual funds. A second dimension reflects a more traditional governance view, with management disciplinarian investors, the proxy adviser Glass-Lewis among them, pitted against more management friendly ones.

Keywords: Institutional Investors, Proxy Voting, Ideology, Spatial Model

JEL Classification: G23, G30, D72, C80

Suggested Citation

Bolton, Patrick and Li, Tao and Ravina, Enrichetta and Rosenthal, Howard, Investor Ideology (June 30, 2019). Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 18-21; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) - Finance Working Paper No. 557/2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3119935 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3119935

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Tao Li

University of Florida - Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate ( email )

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Enrichetta Ravina

Kellogg School of Management ( email )

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Howard Rosenthal

New York University ( email )

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