How Shifting from In-Person to Virtual-Only Shareholder Meetings Affects Shareholders’ Voice
84 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2020 Last revised: 16 Apr 2021
Date Written: March 28, 2021
Virtual-only shareholder meetings have become dramatically more common following COVID-19. Analysis of transcripts and recordings of in-person versus virtual-only shareholder meetings show that virtual-only meetings are shorter and dedicate less time to addressing shareholders’ concerns. I construct a unique dataset documenting questions shareholders submitted at virtual-only shareholder meetings. Precisely when shareholders vote against management recommendation, indicating contention with management, firms are likely to limit shareholders’ voice: they ignore shareholders’ questions and explicitly limit the scope of questions addressed. Such actions are shown to limit the extent of communication at shareholder meetings.
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Keywords: Shareholder meetings, shareholder votes, shareholder voice, virtual, in-person, COVID-19
JEL Classification: G30, G34, G39, M20, O14, O33
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