Institutional Investors and the Governance Spillovers of Financial Regulations: Evidence From a Natural Experiment
61 Pages Posted: 23 Mar 2022
Date Written: January 27, 2022
We empirically study how financial regulations generate corporate governance spillovers through the institutional ownership network. Exploiting the Regulation SHO Pilot experiment, we find a significant removal of anti-takeover provisions by Non-Pilot firms when their motivated monitors are more exposed to Pilot firms. Besides, results across other corporate governance fronts such as board structure, opportunism, and innovation provide further support to a positive governance spillover. The results are consistent with the increase in market discipline in Pilot firms allowing motivated monitors to reallocate monitoring and promote investor engagement in Non-Pilot firms. Our findings provide novel insights for the evaluation of financial regulations.
Keywords: institutional ownership, short-selling constrains, corporate governance
JEL Classification: G23, G30, G32
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