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 (NYU)

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Date Written: March 2019

Abstract

We estimate institutional investor preferences based on their proxy voting records in publicly listed Russell 3000 firms. We employ a spatial model of proxy voting, the W-NOMINATE method for scaling legislatures, and map institutional investors onto a left-right dimension based on their votes for fiscal year 2012. The far-left are socially responsible and the far-right are "money conscious" investors. Significant ideological differences reflect an absence of shareholder unanimity. The proxy adviser ISS, similar to a political leader, makes voting recommendations that place it in the center; to the left of most mutual funds. 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. 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, Socially responsible investment

JEL Classification: G30, G32

Suggested Citation

Bolton, Patrick and Li, Tao and Ravina, Enrichetta and Rosenthal, Howard, Investor Ideology (March 2019). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP13633. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3363546

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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 (NYU) ( email )

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