Shareholder Activism by Institutional Investors: Evidence from Calpers

J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 51 No. 1, March 1996

Posted: 3 Jul 1998

Abstract

This study examines firm characteristics that lead to shareholder activism and analyzes the effects of activism on target firm governance structure, shareholder wealth, and operating performance for the 51 firms targeted by CalPERS over the 1987-93 period. Firm size and level of institutional holdings are found to be positively related to the probability of being targeted and 72% of firms targeted after 1988 adopt proposed changes or make changes resulting in a settlement with CalPERS. Shareholder wealth increases for firms that adopt or settle and decreases for firms that resist. No statistically significant change in operating performance is found.

JEL Classification: L11

Suggested Citation

Smith, Michael P., Shareholder Activism by Institutional Investors: Evidence from Calpers. J. OF FINANCE, Vol. 51 No. 1, March 1996. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=7230

Michael P. Smith (Contact Author)

Economic Analysis LLC ( email )

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