How Important is Corporate Governance?
77 Pages Posted: 28 Sep 2004
Date Written: May 2005
We examine the relation between a broad set of corporate governance indicators and various measures of managerial decision making and organizational performance. Using a sample of 2,106 firms, we distill 39 structural measures of corporate governance (e.g., board characteristics, stock ownership, institutional ownership, activist stock ownership, existence of debt-holders, mix of executive compensation, and anti-takeover variables) into 14 governance constructs using principal components analysis. We find that these 14 constructs are related to operating performance, have a somewhat mixed association with abnormal accruals, Tobin's Q, and excess stock returns, and little relation to class action lawsuits and accounting restatements.
Keywords: Corporate governance
JEL Classification: G34, M41, M43, M49, G32
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