Inside Directors, Managerial Competition, and the Asymmetric Information Problem

30 Pages Posted: 1 Mar 2005 Last revised: 21 Apr 2014

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Anwar S. Boumosleh

Lebanese American University

David M. Reeb

National University of Singapore

Date Written: January 1, 2009

Abstract

We posit that placing insiders on the board facilitates information flows to outside directors, mitigates the CEO's role as information gatekeeper, and allows managers to be more independent of the CEO. We find that inside directors are more prevalent in environments of greater information asymmetry. Further tests indicate that the percentage of insiders is associated with lower CEO pay, lower CEO influence, and higher use of accounting-based performance measures. However, these counterbalancing effects are diminishing in the number of insiders on the board. We conclude that insiders improve information flow to the board, foster managerial competition, and enhance board power.

Keywords: Internal Disclosure, Managerial Compensation, Accounting Performance, Analysts' Forecasts, Asymmetric Information

JEL Classification: M41, J33, K22

Suggested Citation

Boumosleh, Anwar S. and Reeb, David M., Inside Directors, Managerial Competition, and the Asymmetric Information Problem (January 1, 2009). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=674082 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.674082

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