A Survey of Shareholder Activism: Motivation and Empirical Evidence

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Stuart Gillan

University of Georgia - Department of Finance

Laura T. Starks

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance

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Date Written: 1998

Abstract

Shareholder activism by institutions is an important aspect of U.S. financial markets. We provide an overview of shareholder activism by institutional and individual investors, emphasising their focus on corporate governance, the identity of the activists, and a brief history of their activities. We also present a survey of the theoretical and empirical research regarding the motivations and outcomes of shareholder activism.

Keywords: Corporate Governance, Shareholder Activism

JEL Classification: G30, G34

Suggested Citation

Gillan, Stuart L. and Starks, Laura T., A Survey of Shareholder Activism: Motivation and Empirical Evidence (1998). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=663523 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.663523

Stuart L. Gillan (Contact Author)

University of Georgia - Department of Finance ( email )

Terry College of Business
Athens, GA 30602-6253
United States

Laura T. Starks

University of Texas at Austin - Department of Finance ( email )

Red McCombs School of Business
Austin, TX 78712
United States
512-471-5899 (Phone)
512-471-5073 (Fax)

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