Corporate Board Reforms Around the World and Stock Price Crash Risk
54 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2020
Date Written: January 27, 2020
We examine the impact of corporate board reforms around the world on stock price crash risk. Using a sample of firms in 41 economies that passed major board reforms between 1990 and 2012, we find that board reforms are associated with a significant reduction in crash risk of about 13%. The effect of reforms on crash risk is stronger among firms with more severe ex ante agency problems. Our analysis further suggests that board reforms reduce crash risk by improving financial transparency and enhancing investment efficiency. In sum, our findings are consistent with the notion that board reforms improve board oversight and mitigate agency problems.
Keywords: Board reforms; corporate governance; stock price crash risk
JEL Classification: G30; G38; F30
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